Transportation is Part of Our History: Bike, Cars, and Driving

The need for transportation has existed far into humanity's past. Over the course of time, forms of transportation have evolved from horses and horse-drawn carriages and wagons to bicycles, trains, automobiles, and planes. While all of these forms of transportation still exist in varying degrees, people most often turn to automobiles and bicycles for their routine daily transportation needs. Although cars have evolved significantly over time, both forms of transportation have changed from their initial concepts and have become invaluable to modern society. Bikes are often used for recreational purposes, but people are turning to them more frequently as an environmentally friendly way to travel and commute. Gasoline-powered vehicles are known to release harmful pollutants into the environment and rely on non-renewable fuel. While transportation technology is growing to improve and replace conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, there are many people who turn to the much simpler and less expensive option of bicycling.

As more bicycles are present on the roads, it is important that both bicyclists and drivers use caution and operate their respective vehicles safely. This means being conscious of one another at all times and during all weather conditions. Motorists must look out for bicyclists on the road and respect their right to be there. This means not honking or riding closely behind anyone on a bike. For bicyclists, basic safety rules start with the personal safety of the cyclist, who will want to wear a helmet for protection and only ride a properly maintained bike. While on the road, bicyclists should always ride with traffic and obey all signals and signage, just as they would when driving a car. They must always be aware of the cars that are around them and make certain that they are visible to drivers as well. This is done by wearing brightly colored clothing, particularly at night, and using reflective tape and/or a light on the bike. Never passing on a car's right will also help prevent accidents caused by the driver not seeing the cyclist. Hand signals should be used to convey one's intent to turn or stop.

During the winter months, both bicycling and driving can be treacherous. In addition to normal safety precautions, bicyclists should be aware that some drivers may be less aware of the fact that there are bicyclists on the road. Wider tires on the bike and wearing warm, layered clothing are both important. Bikes chains and gears should be regularly checked for ice and properly lubricated. Bicyclists should take it slow on snowy and potentially icy roads. Additionally, spin-outs may be avoided by braking the rear wheel only.

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