Biking is a great mode of transportation whether you’re riding for exercise, commuting to work, or simply riding for family friendly recreation. No matter your motive, it’s important to follow safety guidelines to avoid accidents and injuries.
Bicycle Safety Tips
1. Wear appropriate gear
- Helmets save lives. Head injuries are the most common serious injury of bicyclists, and many can be prevented by wearing a properly fitted helmet.
- Stay visible and wear reflective gear. This is especially important at dawn and dusk when other cyclists and drivers will have a harder time seeing you. Also, install a light on your bike for extra visibility.
- Dress appropriately for the weather, whether that means in layers, rain gear, breathable fabric, etc.
2. Follow the rules of the road
- Ride on the right side of the road going the same direction as traffic.
- Follow lane markings including bike lanes.
- Use turning hand signals.
3. Have a method of communication
- Bring your cellphone. In case you get a flat tire, need bike maintenance or get injured, it’s important to be able to phone family or friends.
- Carry a safety alert device. Carry a personal safety alarm to sound an alert if you’re in danger.
- Ride with a friend or tell someone your route if going alone. There’s safety in numbers. Riding with a friend or cycling group not only brings camaraderie but a safety aspect. If you bike alone, let someone know your route and when you anticipate returning.
4. Watch the weather
- Be aware of the weather forecast so you don’t get caught in inclement weather.
- If you are biking in the heat, bring plenty of water to stay hydrated and a snack.
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