Every year, the League of American Bicyclists rank the 50 states according to progress made to the five important emphasis areas: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning. Since 2015, Utah has maintained its spot at number five, demonstrating our state’s commitment to keeping the roads safe for cyclists. Just last year, city officials in St. George and Salt Lake took their safety measures a giant step further by installing devices in streetlights that allow the light to change to green when the system senses a cyclist is present. These systems rely on microwave signals combined with Wavetronix equipment to sense when a cyclist, or any other vehicle, enters the space. Once it detects movement, a green light will shortly follow. Prior to this helpful technology, cyclists riding light- weight bikes wouldn’t be detected by light systems when they approached an intersection. They’d have to rely on pedestrians pressing the crosswalk button or other motorists pulling up to alert the system. While bicycles are required to follow the same rules as motorists, when streetlights can’t detect the weight of a bike, the cyclists will often get tired of waiting and run the light. Fortunately, intersections with this technology will detect the cyclist and then project a picture of a bicycle on the pavement to let riders know the light will be changing soon, so they don’t have to put themselves in danger by running the light. Because attorney Ron Kramer is a cyclist himself, he is excited about these changes and believes that the updated system will give riders more peace of mind knowing they can abide by normal intersection laws, which will ultimately lead to greater safety on the road. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT TECHNOLOGY? CYCLISTS FINALLY GET THE GREEN LIGHT!
HIKING WITH YOUR KIDS
Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. WATCH THEIR WORLD EXPAND WITH EVERY STEP ENCOURAGE THEIR CURIOSITY Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look. While you’re out on the trail, it's essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries. KEEP SAFETY IN MIND BRING ALONG SOME TOOLS OF DISCOVERY
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