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Safety first for summer cyclists

by RL Policar

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (June 27, 2005) — It can happen so quickly; you’re pedaling along one of the bases many beautiful bike paths while the sun warms your face and you take a deep breathe of a cool summer’s breeze. The skies are blue and you notice some wild flowers at the edge of the woods to your right. Before you can direct your attention back to the path, you hit a patch of sand and begin to lose control.

The next thing you know you’re inspecting a scraped knee and looking around to see if there are any witnesses. Luckily, you were wearing a helmet in accordance with base orders and the only thing that is really sore is your pride.

The summer provides individuals a wonderful opportunity to enjoy using their bicycles for recreation, physical conditioning and transportation around base. Although there is always risk of having an accident, cyclists can protect themselves and others by following the guidelines outlined in base order 5560.2L and taking other precautionary measures including annual bike inspections according to Cpl. Jordan Palmer, a desk sergeant with the Provost Marshals Office, Marine Corps Base.

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