Indiana ranked low on bike friendly survey

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INDIANAPOLIS — A new study says the State of Indiana has a long way to go to be fully bicycle friendly.

The state ranked at no. 42 on the latest survey from the League of American Bicyclists. However, some Central Indiana cities are ahead of the curve.

In Carmel, Ind., named one of the best places in Indiana to bike, county deputies are taking their patrol vehicles from four wheels to two to keep everyone safe. Their patrol bikes can pull you over just like a normal squad car if you’re not following the rules of the road – or the trail.

When on the road or trail, bikes must have a bell or horn, a front light, and a red rear reflector to be street legal.

Cyclists and motorists must share the road if there’s no trail or bike lane, following signs and signals just like a car.

And one item that’s proven to keep riders safe is a helmet. In Indiana, state law doesn’t mandate bicyclists wear a helmet, however wearing one can reduce your risk for serious injury by 85 percent.

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