Metro police suggest springtime safety tips for bicyclists, joggers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 22, 2015) -- As the weather gets warmer, more people will be out biking and jogging. That means if you're behind the wheel, you'll need to pay closer attention to your surroundings. It's just as easy as paying attention, because as days like what we saw this weekend become more common, it'll be the way many people will get around.

A Sunday afternoon on the Monon Trail, the perfect way to end a weekend before the grind of the work week begins. Under the blue sky and wispy clouds, a lot of Hoosiers came out of their winter hibernation with bikes and all.

"Yeah, absolutely, as soon as it hits 50 degrees, I put my kid in the bike trailer and we hit the road, we hit the Monon," said Kelsey Morgan.

Morgan had her boyfriend, David Stilley, with her as well. When the weather is nice, Stilley is on his bike a lot.

"I would just encourage people who are in cars to look out for bicyclists especially when the weather is nicer because we are out here," Stilley said.

Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Christopher Wilburn says it's important for drivers not to text and drive especially when there are more people on the road. Also, look around you to see if there is a bicyclist or jogger near or next to you.

"These things like this are very helpful for people and it's just used as a reminder," Wilburn said.

Bicyclists and joggers have their own rules to follow.

"We want you to have reflective clothing on, we want you to utilize the right of way, make yourself be seen to vehicular traffic. Don't think that you're immune to any kind of accident occurring," Wilburn said.

He added, "Get those ear buds out or turn the sound down a couple decibels, too."

Nine year old Isabella wants you to do what she does.

"I wear my helmet," she said. "I lock my bike to make sure nobody steals it. I look both ways."

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 741 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles in 2013.

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