The Delaware State Police reminded bicyclists of safety and laws while riding along the roadways.
From year to date, there have been 15 collisions involving bicyclists on the highways, one of them was a fatal hit and run that occurred in north of Dover. In the past week, state police have investigated two crashes in the Rehoboth area that involved pedal cyclists riding improperly on the roadway.
The first occurred around 1:45 p.m. June 5, when a 21-year-old female was riding southbound in the northbound shoulder of Coastal Highway at the intersection with Rehoboth Beach Plaza across from Spring Lake Drive. At the same time, a 2007 Kia Sedona was exiting the plaza to turn northbound on state Route 1 when the car struck the female on the bike. The 21-year-old female was transported to Beebe with injuries that were not life threatening and was cited for operating a bicycle on the wrong side of the road.
Another incident occurred on at 1:11 p.m. June 6, when a 21-year-old female was riding her bicycle northbound on the sidewalk approaching the entrance to IHOP which is located on the southbound side of state Route 1 north of Shuttle Road. A 2017 Volkswagen Jetta was exiting the parking lot to travel southbound on state Route 1 when the two collided. The female bicyclist was transported to Beebe with injuries that were not life threatening and was cited for riding a bicycle on a sidewalk or crosswalk where prohibited.
Troopers remind of the following information:
— Obey the rules of the road. Drivers and bicyclists are expected to observe traffic rules such as stop signs and red lights; ignoring these traffic rules can lead to injuries that would have otherwise been preventable.
— Never ride against the flow of traffic. Drivers and pedestrians alike may not be expecting bicyclists riding in that direction. Also stay in the lane, and adults should not ride on the sidewalk.
— Avoid distracted riding, much like driving a car, and riders should wait to check cellphones until they are safely off the road.
More information on bicycle safety can be found at ohs.delaware.gov/bicycle.shtml.