- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) - Police in northern Illinois are cautioning bicyclists about safety after a truck struck a rider this week.

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Tonya Prine tells the Rockford Register-Star (https://bit.ly/1dSYACC ) that state law requires bicyclists riding at night to wear reflective gear and equip their bikes with lights.

An eastbound pickup’s side mirror hit the head of a cyclist riding an unlit bike on U.S. 20 Wednesday. He was not seriously injured.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that car crashes killed 741 bicyclists in 2013 - up 2 percent from a year earlier.

Frank Cicero is mechanic at Kegel’s Bicycle Shop in Rockford. He recommends riders always wear helmets, have bike reflectors and lights, and wear reflective clothing.

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Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road: https://bit.ly/1EVtkMi


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