The hit and run death of Spokane Valley bicyclist has re-opened the topic of bicycle safety. With more people commuting via bike, cyclist safety is more important than ever.
The League of American Bicyclists has named Washington state "the most bicycle friendly state in America" for seven years in a row, but two wheel transit still has its fair share of risks.
Between 1997 and 2006, 103 cyclists died on Washington roads.
Erika Prins of the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board gives these tips for staying safe:
1. Behave predictably. which means not swerving into other lanes randomly or making any sudden movements.
2. Make yourself visible. Wear bright protective clothing and put lights and reflectors on your bike.
3. Avoid busy roads. Accidents are more likely to occur in high traffic areas.
4. Always wear a helmet.
Prins adds that courtesy and respect between drivers and cyclists is crucial for keeping everyone on safe on the road.