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The city of Perry, GA encourages cyclist to understand the five most common causes of bicycle and vehicle crashes and use safety precautions to avoid the risks associated with these common causes. First the city notices that midblock rideouts are the most frequent type of accident for young riders. This is where a cyclist enters the road without stopping to look for traffic. All riders should stop and look to the left and right for traffic before entering the road. Second, the city cites wrong way riding as a frequent cause of accidents. Riders should "Go with the flow" and keep to the right just like the cars. The third frequent cause of accidents is motorists overtaking cyclists. These accidents are most common on narrow rural roads and at night. Cyclists should avoid riding at night especially on narrow roads with higher speeds. Bicyclist left turns and sudden swerves is the fourth frequent cause of bicycle and vehicle accidents. Cyclists should ride in a straight line and yield to traffic when attempting to change lanes. It is important for riders to be predictable when riding with motor vehicles. Also, when making turns be sure to use hand signals. The final frequent cause of accidents is stop sign rideouts. Riders should always obey all traffic signs and signals. At busy intersections it can be safer to dismount your bike and walk across. Please stay safe and call Kalka & Baer should you need help.