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Bethel Fire Department Reminds Drivers To Be On Lookout For Cyclists

Bethel Fire Department Capt. Brendan Ryan reminds drivers to be on the lookout for cyclists as the weather warms up and school is out for the summer.
Bethel Fire Department Capt. Brendan Ryan reminds drivers to be on the lookout for cyclists as the weather warms up and school is out for the summer. Photo Credit: Dutchess County

BETHEL, Conn. -- After responding to 56 calls for service in May, Capt. Brendan Ryan with the Bethel Fire Department is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for cyclists, as well as children, as the weather warms up and school is over for the year.

According to Ryan, June is one of the most dangerous months for cycling in some part due to the increased cycling traffic, but also due to new, or unsure cyclists being on the road.

"While out driving please leave ample room when passing a bike, and be aware of the roads you are on," he said. "Roads that may have been cratered with potholes from the winter may make a person on a bike swerve to avoid them, as the sign says allow three feet between your car and a bike."

Ryan also warned cyclists be aware of their surroundings and the cars behind them.

"Obey all traffic signs, and ride under control at all times," he said. "I would be remiss if I didn't mention wearing a helmet while out riding, and if you are out in low light times, such as dawn or dusk, have an additional light to alert cars to you."

May's calls for service included:

  • 28 automatic alarms
  • 10 motor vehicle accidents
  • 9 pump outs
  • 1 tree into structure
  • 1 car fire
  • 2 wires down
  • 1 gas leak
  • 2 EMS assist
  • 1 mutual aid

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