Bikes become the go-to method with rising gas prices in the Twin Tiers
ELMIRA, NY (WETM) — With gas prices remaining high and temperatures rising ever higher, cyclists should be on the road this summer.
The weather and the high cost of gas have caused some people to have to choose between driving their car or riding a bike.
“I live in Pennsylvania. I would have to drive because I work here. Unfortunately, I have to drive my car. If I lived closer, I would probably ride my bike,” said Bobbi Perry, residents of Twin Tiers.
With rising gas prices, we could see more people cycling this season.
“No matter how old they are, they should wear a helmet when riding a bike. It’s just sure. A simple fall from a bicycle while crossing a train track has caused people to die if they hit their heads on the ground,” Wiliam Solt, Captain, Elmira Police Department.
Bikers also have a big responsibility. As cyclists, they must also be diligent in practicing safety.
“As far as the cyclist is concerned, he is responsible for operating as a car would. They must ride with the flow of traffic. They must signal their intention to turn. They are supposed to stop when they see red lights, like a car would,” Solt said.
Riders can also be fined $10 on the first offense and $25 on the second offense. After that, the fine will increase to $75 or more for riding a bike on sidewalks in downtown Elmira.