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More People Heading Outdoors With Warmer Weather

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Spring is in the air, in the Truckee Meadows, with people taking advantage of the warm weather.

"It's really nice," Zoe Bond said.  "There isn't a cloud in the sky."

In downtown Reno, you can find people walking their dogs, kayaking, or just soaking up the sun.

"My wife likes the rivers and the lake," Jim Stultz said.  "So, it's a perfect spot just to come and sit and enjoy it for a little bit."

The Stultz family is visiting from Oregon.

They say the weather is much nicer than they're used to.

"This time of year, it's pretty cloudy, a lot of rain," Stultz said. "When it comes out, we get out real fast. So, it's nice to come to Reno for the weekend and nice to see the sun."

"Girls are looking good, birds are out, flowers are blossoming," Pete Wisecarder said. "It's a nice time of the year."

The nice weather is also bringing out more vehicles of the two-wheeled variety.

"The motorcycle riders want to get their bikes out of the garage, get the oil going and it's a beautiful day, today," Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Greg Moore said.  "So, everybody wants to ride."

Moore says with more motorcycles on the roads, drivers should pay extra attention to their surroundings.

"What I tend to see is people just make a quick glance," Moore said.  "They're looking for a large object like a car and they just go ahead and enter the intersection."

That's what he says caused an accident, in Sparks, this morning.

He says the driver of a pick-up pulled out in front of a motorcycle, causing the rider to crash.

He was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Law enforcement says this is an important reminder why it's so important to pay extra attention while driving or riding.

And remember, there are also some extra things you can do as a motorcyclist to protect yourself.

"Wear gloves, wear boots, wear your helmet," Moore said. "Strap it on so that it doesn't fall off your head and be aware of cars that aren't going to see you. Be a very defensive driver."

Moore also says if you're on a motorcycle, you should try to stay out of blind spots and make yourself as visible as possible.

Something as simple as having your headlight on could make a huge difference.

Written by Paul Nelson
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