HHH: Road Room

With the Hotter'N Hell Hundred event less than three weeks away, a lot of cyclists are still training on the roadways.

For some riders, they will use the bike trails as their training grounds.  For others, they will use the streets.  This makes sense since part of the race is on the road.

"Quite often we ride on the road because the shoulders are dangerous for us," Paul Cook, Spokesman for Bike Safety said, "There's rocks, there's bottles, there's glass that breaks the tires."

However, accidents do happen.  Law enforcement officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department said there have been 13 accidents in the past year.

Two of those accidents have been in the last two weeks.

Cook said those accidents could have been prevented if people took the extra time to watch the roads.

"It just takes that one second to make some decision about slowing down, moving over, getter around that obstacle, no matter what it is," he said.

In other words, he explained you should treat them as if they were a car pulled over on the side of the road.

"You don't want to hit anybody and they don't want to be hit," Cook said.

However, it's not just the drivers behind the wheels of a car that need to pay attention.  Cyclists have their part when it comes to safety.  Especially if they are riding early in the morning or late at night when it's not as hot.

"You should put a tail light on your bike," he said, "Maybe a flashing light on the handlebars so that you can be visible to people who take a quick glance and they're looking for a vehicle the size of a car and you're not the size of a car."

Cyclists should also wear bright, reflective clothing and always wear a helmet.  You can also get those in bright colors to add to your attire and make you more noticeable.  Don't forget to complete your pre-ride check either.  Cook refers to this as the ABC's.  First,  that "A," check your air pressure in the tires.

"The "B" you want to check the brakes," he said, "Check the entire bicycle.  Make sure there's not breaks in the frame and everything is tight."

Finally comes the "C."  Check to make sure the chains are in good condition.

Another suggestion, stay hydrated and don't be afraid to tell someone your route.  That way, if something does happen, someone can be on the lookout.

To check out the Bike Safety Facebook page, click here.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6