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Warmer weather serves as reminder to share the road with motorcycles, bicyclists

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

As the weather warms up, more motorcycles and bicycles are on the road.

That’s why police across the area are taking the time to remind drivers to “share the road.”

After being cooped up all winter, western Massachusetts residents are happy to trade in their sweaters for shorts. 
 
With that being said, more people are trying to get out of the house whether it be on a motorcycle, a bicycle, or walking.

Over the last few weeks, there have been a number of accidents involving motorcycles. 

Just last week a crash involving a car and motorcycle closed down a Hadley intersection.

Hadley police said the driver of the car was cited for failure to yield, and shares as a reminder that drivers can’t take their eyes off the road for even a second.

 "Make sure you're aware of your surroundings. People behind you next to you because a pedestrian or bicyclists can come from anywhere," said Chicopee resident Madi Hartling. 
 
Springfield police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh added that during this transition of seasons, roads aren’t always ideal for cyclists.
 
"[There's] still a lot of road debris on road, from sand that hasn’t been picked up, or potholes that are filled or haven't can affect their traction," said Walsh. 
 
Walsh noted that drivers and motorcylists need to share the road, and to make it easier, cyclists should make sure they’re as visible as possible.
 
"Reflective gear and light clothing. Reflectors on your bike, front and back, strobe like-lights if you have them they're very inexpensive just so people can see you especially as it gets dusk to dark," Walsh continued. 
 
He said bicyclists and motorcyclists should be going with the flow of traffic and obeying all rules of the roads, including stopping at red lights.
 
Police said make sure you’re obeying the speed limit as well, especially through residential areas where kids may be outside playing.

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