More cyclists will be on area roads with the extra daylight gained by last weekend’s time change, and enthusiasts are asking motorists and cyclists to take additional precautions.
Randy DuTeau, the chairman of Wheel Movement CSRA, said by e-mail that cyclists should have flashing lights on their bikes and a headlight or front flashing light to make themselves as visible as possible. Motorists should exercise caution and provide cyclists at least three feet of space when passing.
“Regardless of what is on the road, motorists must be aware and drive in a way that allows them to react to unforeseen circumstances,” DuTeau said.
The Augusta area has seen its share of cycling-related wrecks recently. Three people have died in the past year in bike/vehicle incidents, with the latest occurring Feb. 5, when Gerald Hooker was killed in Aiken County. He and his wife were struck by a vehicle on Banks Mill Road while riding a tandem bike.
On Tuesday evening, a group of cyclists in spandex shorts strapped on helmets for their evening ride from Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse on 13th Street. Darren Owens said the evening rides average about six to seven people in the winter, but the groups swell as spring gives way to summer.
“It’s hard to believe it’s March already,” Owens said.
Ross Douglas said he looks forward to the opportunity each spring to spend evenings on the roads and “burn off some of the winter fat.”
“It’s really nice to get out more,” he said.