As we approach the summer months, Delaware State Police are reminding the community of the importance of bicyclist safety as it partners with the DelDOT Bicycle Program to offer complimentary lighting to bicycles.
Troopers say they are urging bicyclists and drivers to obey the rules of the road, and that bicyclists are expected to observe traffic rules such as stop signs and red lights. They say that ignoring these rules may result in injury. Another tip offered by DSP is to never ride against the flow of traffic as drivers and pedestrians may not expect bicyclists riding in that direction.
On Coastal Highway (Route 1) in the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach area, bikes are allowed on the sidewalks but must yield to pedestrians. In some town and city limits, ordinances prohibit bikes on sidewalks. Troopers also urge bicyclists to avoid any distractions, just as you would while driving. This includes using a cell phone.
Visibility is also a major concern for bicyclists, especially at nighttime and in poorly lit areas. Troopers suggest adding white front lights and red back lights as well as reflective tape or clothing. It is against Delaware law to operate a bicycle at night without a front headlight.
Complimentary light installation is available at Delaware State Police Troop 7 located on Coastal Highway in Lewes, while supplies last.