Safety bike riding rules that can save your life

Avid cyclists say you should never, under any circumstances, ride your bike when there is fog. Foggy conditions may have played a factor in the death of a Brownsville bicyclist Monday morning. Police say Alejandro Abundis Alonso was on his way to work at 5 a.m. when he was hit by a car and killed. David Gobea, a service manager at Bicycle World Fitness Systems, says that he went out for bike ride at night when it was raining.However, he knows that when its foggy, he shouldn't go for a ride. "Depending on the visibility it can be very dangerous even with your lights on," Gobea said. For the past 20 years, Gobea has sold bikes and talked to customers daily about essential safety rules that every cyclist should follow when biking on the road along with moving cars. "We have to follow the same rules that cars do," Gobea said. "You have to go in the same direction that cars do, you have to stop for all your stop signs and stop lights, it TMs very important." Gobea says you must be aware of your surroundings. If you are riding your bike and you want to change lanes, you need to signal with your arm towards the lane you want to move and make eye contact with the driver. Gobea says that wearing a helmet and pads is not an option. He says that you should arm your bike with one mirror and two lights, one for the front and the other for the rear. "Lights are the next most important thing after your helmet," Gobea said. "You have to make yourself visible." An accessory he recommends not just for cyclists, is a road ID. This bracelet contains your personal information like name, phone number to call in case of an emergency and allergies. The purpose of the bracelet is in case you are in an accident and are not able to communicate. Gobea's final tip is that you should always try to go bike riding with a partner. The safest places to ride your bike are outside city limits where there are open roads and few cars.