According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), in 2009:
Louisiana was the 8th highest in the number Pedalcyclists Fatalities (per million population).
Nationwide, 630 pedalcyclist deaths accounted for 2% of all traffic fatalities.
In traffic crashes nationwide, the average age of pedalcyclists injured was 41, and killed was 31.
A bicycle is considered a vehicle in the eyes of the law.
All bicycles are required to obey all traffic laws just like any another vehicle. This does include all traffic signals, signs, etc.
Sidewalks and Crosswalks are for pedestrians, not bicycles. Use proper hand signals when riding your bike. Not only is it required by law, it is important to let others know what you are doing and will help keep you safe.
Remember that by law bicycles have a right to the roads as well.
By law you must keep at least three feet of space between you and the bike.
It is your responsibility to operate your vehicle safely, just as it is the responsibility of the cyclist.
Be respectful and patient.
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