TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Many people will be riding to work Monday for an event that happens once a year: Ride to Work Day.
Ride to Work Day is a great way to help the environment, but almost one third of motorcycle accidents that occur in America happen at intersections.
Fuel efficiency, less traffic congestion and less pollution are a few of
the benefits of riding to work. However, it can be dangerous. The Topeka Police Department say it is vital that riders obey the rules of the road to avoid injury accidents.
"I can't tell you how many times I've sat and watched all the cars stopping at an intersection and I watch a bike zip right though it and I don't understand why they would not be vulnerable," said Lt. Ron Gish, Topeka Police Department.
There are 2 issues that police say occur most often.
"Either visibility, the person was hard to see or we have a situation where someone didn't obey the rules of the road. Sometimes
they will have their hands full and it's hard to steer the bike. So, the things that we recommend are if you're going to be carrying things wear a backpack and make sure that your clothing is very bright and makes you easy to see, it's a bright color that makes you stick out," said Gish.
Topeka Police also say riders aren't always to blame for accidents.
"Sometimes it's the drivers. They are either texting or they're distracted, eating, doing other things, so that we would ask the drivers so not only do they hit motorists but so that they don't hit bicyclists," said Gish.
When riding to work, always remember it's better to be safe than sorry.
"Make sure you are wearing a helmet to mitigate any injuries and lessen how severe those may be," said Gish.