- 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.



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

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