Peloton:  noun\   field, bunch, or pack:  is the main group of riders in a road bicycle race.  Riders in a group save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) to other riders like birds flying in formation.  The reduction in drag is dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group, it can be as much as 40%.


Peloton Physical Therapy offers:
    -Evaluation and Rehabilitation for Orthopedic and Sports injuries
    -Rehabilitation following surgical procedures
    -General strengthening and conditioning
    -Balance assessments and Rehabilitation
    -Posture screening
    -Dance assessments, rehabilitation, and screens
    -Free orthopedic and sports screens
    -Exercise program establishment
  -Able to bill most insurances for your convience
Bike Community Advocacy

With the popularity of bicycle riding soaring across the United States, adults and kids alike are hopping on two wheels for fitness, recreation, and transportation. May is National Bike Month and we’d like to remind motorists and cyclists to share the road safely. Whether or not you choose to bicycle yourself, remember that bicyclists are “People on Bikes” and the accidents between motor vehicles and cyclists almost always end with the less-protected cyclists on the losing end.

Sharing our streets and roadways safely requires that both motorists and cyclists practice common courtesy and abide by the laws. Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says that his department expects bicyclists to follow the same rules of the road as automobiles.  That means that drivers must treat bicyclists on the street just as they would any other vehicle.  

A new law passed by the 2015 South Dakota legislature aims to further reduce the number of accidents between motorists and cyclists.  Motorists across the state must now provide cyclists with a 3 foot “cushion” of space when passing at speed limits of 35 mph, and a 6 foot cushion at speed limits greater than 35 mph. A good rule of thumb? When passing a bicyclist on city streets, your vehicle’s left wheels should cross over the middle line of the road. If it’s not safe to do this because of oncoming traffic, then slow down and wait for oncoming traffic to pass before overtaking the cyclist. 

Cyclists, as well, need to follow the rules of the road and practice proper cycling etiquette. The League of American Bicyclists offers these 5 tips:

-Follow the law.  The safety and image of other bicyclists depends on you.  Obey traffic signals and stop signs.
-Be predictable.  Ride in a straight line and do not swerve in and out between cars.  Signal turns and check behind you well in advance of turning.  
-Be conspicuous.  Ride so people can see you.  Wear bright clothing, use lights when visibility is poor, and don’t ride on sidewalks.
-Think ahead and anticipate what pedestrians, vehicles, and other bikes will do next.  Watch out for debris and other hazards.  
-Ride ready.  Check that your tires have proper inflation, brakes are working, etc.  Wear a helmet.

Other laws listed with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) are:

  32-20B-2 “Operation of a bicycle on or along a sidewalk, or upon a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall have all the rights and duties applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, and except that bicyclists must stop before entering a crosswalk or highway from a sidewalk.
32-20B-3 “Operation on sidewalk or crosswalk-duty to yield right-of-way to pedestrian”
32-20B-4 States that it is a violation (petty offense) to park your bicycle on a sidewalk
32-20B-5 “Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.  However, a person operating a bicycle may move from the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway to overtake and pass another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction, to prepare for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or roadway or to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving hazards or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge.  For purposes of this section, a “substandard width lane” is a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.
32-20B-6 requires bicycle operators to use hand signals “at least one hundred feet” before turning.
32-26-21.1 allows bicycles to operate on sidewalks except when a local governing body or a municipality may restrict this.  Yankton municipality does not allow bicycle traffic on sidewalks in the downtown area.

South Dakota has 82,536 mile of roadways and many of these will be used by bicyclists for transportation, fitness, work, and recreation.  Between 2010-2013 390 bicyclists were injured by motorists and 3 died on South Dakota roads.  Please don’t let the bicyclist you encounter end up as one of these statistics.  It may be someone you know.  Please remember to Share the Road.  
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