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Ride smartly or you might end up like this

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Gannet is reporting that authorities found a dead California cyclist on Easter atop a brakeless bicycle. According to investigators, the cyclist did not have lights on his bike and struck a metal pole while shifting.

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While much needs to be done to reclaim space on our roads for non-motorized forms of transportation and to crack down on reckless drivers, incidents like this serve as good reminders that cyclists bear responsibility as well for keeping themselves safe on the roads.

It's simple: Wear reflective clothing, don't ride drunk, use lights, and make sure your brakes work. Helmets aren't a bad idea either, but they're hardly the safety panacea we're often told they are by public health groups and media.