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Biking with the right attitude

Bicycle column
By: By Vic Freeman Special to The News Messenger
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This week, let’s do a different type of ride. Sit back, relax and reflect about why and how you feel about riding a bike.

It sounds very simple and basic but there are many important considerations to ponder.

Do you ride for exercise, to run errands, to get sunshine and fresh air, health or any other reason for your lifestyle? It’s probably a combination of several reasons.

As in any physical condition, biking should be approached in a reasoned manner. Are you in proper shape to safely ride? How are your reflexes? Have you checked with your doctor? Do you know the rules of the road? These are a few of the types of questions you should consider.

Another important factor, in my opinion, is your attitude toward cycling. Do you have the mindset to ride in a safe and responsible way? Are you aware of the rules of the road? Are you prepared to ride, taking all possible safety precautions such as wearing a helmet and carrying a cell phone?

A proper, positive attitude should be your behavior on the road. Be aware of other people and motor vehicles and respect their rights.

Never throw litter or plastic bottles on the road while riding. I see litter along the sides of the road all the time. Most of it comes from car drivers but I see bikers throwing litter as well. Make sure you are not one of those litter bugs and consider carrying refillable water bottles.

In conclusion, approach biking as a pleasant experience and do everything you can to be prepared for a safe ride. Share the road and be careful out there.

Develop a positive attitude and enjoy riding.

Until next time.

Vic Freeman is a Lincoln resident and an avid bicyclist.