Louisiana Revised Statute 32:199 states that “all children under the age of 12, when operating a bicycle or is a passenger on a bicycle, must wear an approved helmet with head straps when on a public highway, bicycle path or other public right-of-way.” Bicycling is a healthy form of recreation for many people, while for others it is a form of transportation. As a result of rising auto, gas, and insurance costs, many individuals are turning to bicycles as an alternative method of transportation. There are currently 90,000,000 cyclists in the US. Bicycles have the same rights to use public roads as automobiles and must follow the same traffic laws as other vehicles.
Many drivers find it hard to know how to react to bicyclists riding in the street. In any given year there are 800-1000 bicyclists that die on the roadways and some 500,000 will be treated for injuries. For the safety of both drivers and bicyclists, the following precautions should be taken while driving and bicycling.