An educational, city-sponsored bike ride – open to everyone regardless of age or ability – will hit the streets of Tupelo this afternoon, with cyclists leaving from City Hall shortly after 1 p.m. for a 2-mile ride. The event will help raise awareness about the city’s new ordinance mandating that drivers allow a 3-foot buffer when passing bikes. To help you prepare for a safe ride, cyclist Adam Morris models proper bicycling attire provided by Trails & Treads.
Helmet: Most bike accidents involve a head injury, the severity of which can be dramatically reduced by a good helmet. Make sure it has a CPSC or Snell sticker inside, meaning it meets safety standards. Also make sure it fits securely and is well ventilated for comfort.
Glasses: Keep the wind, bugs, dust or sunlight out of your eyes with a good pair of riding glasses.
High-visibility clothing: Fluorescent or bright-colored clothes make you more visible to motorists. At night, add reflective tape to stand out even more.
Gloves: Sweat-wicking gloves keep your hands dry and allow for a better grip on the handles. They’ll also protect your palms in case of a fall.
Fitted pants or shorts: Loose or baggy clothes can get tangled in the bike chain and cause an accident. Avoid this potential with fitted pants or shorts.
Gripping shoes: Specially designed to grip the bike pedals, these shoes are ideal for optimal safety.
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