Cycling Safety - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Cycling Safety

Many bicyclists are hitting Texoma's roads training for the Hotter'N Hell Hundred. The ride is just a few weeks away, and motorists are urged to use caution. But it's not just up to drivers to make sure everyone stays safe on the roads.

Bicyclists have the same rights as motorists on Texas roads, but that means they also have the same responsibilities. Jarvis Polvado, owner of Texoma Cycling Center said, "There's a few drivers out there that give drivers a bad name. Well, there's a few cyclists out there that give cyclists a bad name by not obeying the traffic laws."

If cyclists don't follow the rules, they could pay the price. Texas DPS Safety Education Trooper Tony Fulton said, "The transportation code does allow for someone riding a bike to receive a traffic citation...just as if you were in a car."

Fulton added that although cyclists have the same responsibilities, drivers don't always see them on the road. Avid cyclist Benito Torres knows that first hand. "I'm riding along one day and I hear these tires screeching really loud behind me and I look behind me and there's this car coming up close," he said.

To stay safe and avoid accidents, Torres wears white or neon clothing. That makes him more visible to drivers who aren't fully alert. One thing Torres doesn't wear are earbuds that go to a music device, which is something all cyclists are urged to avoid.

"You know, people may be honking at them or people may be hollering at them for whatever reason, but if they have their music in their ears cranked up, you may never hear what's going on around you," Polvado said.

Cyclists and motorists are urged to think beyond the law so everyone can stay safe in the weeks leading up to Hotter'N Hell,

"Around here we have a lot of increased bicycle activity, so we just need to be aware of it," Fulton said. "You know, watch out for them; just be cautious. Be courteous of each other."

One way to be courteous is by helping eliminate road hazards. This can be done by keeping your pets on a leash when you're out walking them and not throwing trash on the roadway.

You can watch our coverage of the Hotter'N Hell Hundred Saturday morning, August 25th right here on Newschannel Six. We will have live team coverage all morning from the start of the race until the first person crosses the finish line.

Michael Aaron, Newschannel 6

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-06-23 13:33:31 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

  • Police fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop

    Police fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 3:17 PM EDT2018-06-20 19:17:51 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 8:33 AM EDT2018-06-23 12:33:18 GMT
    No shots were fired at the officers during the encounter, and no weapon was found on Rose's body. (Source: KDKA/CNN)No shots were fired at the officers during the encounter, and no weapon was found on Rose's body. (Source: KDKA/CNN)

    Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old boy just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop in a confrontation partly captured on video shot from a nearby home.

    Authorities say a police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old boy just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop in a confrontation partly captured on video shot from a nearby home.

  • How did it come to this? From Secure Communities to child separation, America's recent immigration history

    How did it come to this? From Secure Communities to child separation, America's recent immigration history

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:48 PM EDT2018-06-22 02:48:40 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 8:00 AM EDT2018-06-23 12:00:22 GMT
    The Funes family, who was seeking asylum, said they were told by officials they would be separated so they voluntarily returned to Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Funes family, who was seeking asylum, said they were told by officials they would be separated so they voluntarily returned to Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    In the wake of the Trump administration's contentious family separation policy that gripped the country over the last week, here's a look at the country's recent history on immigration.

    In the wake of the Trump administration's contentious family separation policy that gripped the country over the last week, here's a look at the country's recent history on immigration.

Powered by Frankly