As spring turns to summer and the weather gets warmer, many people will find themselves taking time off work and school to enjoy the beautiful weather with friends and family. One of the most popular outdoor activities is bicycling. According to statistics, over 51 million Americans ride a bike each year, and the number is ever-increasing.
With all these people riding bicycles around their neighborhoods, towns, and cities, it’s important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind. Whether you’re driving a vehicle on the road or you’re a cyclist yourself, you must take precautions to protect yourself and the people around you. Let’s take a closer look at some ways in which cyclists can actively avoid accidents this summer.
1. Avoid Roads. Obviously, you won’t be able to ditch roads entirely, but stick to the sidewalk when possible. This will decrease your odds of collision with a motor vehicle. When biking on a sidewalk or greenway, watch for pedestrians and pass on the left.
2. Use Your Lane. When you must use the road to get around, many areas now have dedicated bike lanes. Stay in your lane, to the side of the road.
3. Wear Protective Gear. Wearing a helmet will decrease your risk of injury should an accident occur. Moreover, wear reflective material on your helmet, shirt, or shoes that will alert vehicles to your presence at night.
4. Outfit Your Bike. Equip your bike with reflective tape to ensure visibility at night. You may also consider a portable headlight to illuminate your path, and use a bell in place of a car horn.
For those driving a vehicle, consider the tips below.
1. Check Your Blind Spot. When in a crowded area, be sure to check your blind spot before turning, especially when turning to the right. Bike lanes are typically set close to the right shoulder of the road.
2. Be Careful at Crosswalks. Cyclists often cross the street at crosswalks to get from one sidewalk to another. Even if you have a green light, be sure to keep an eye out for any bicycles that may unexpectedly cut in front of you.
3. Respect Bike Lanes. Bike lanes are reserved for the safe travel of cyclists alongside cars and trucks. Respect their space, and be wary of any cyclists using the lane.
Have you been in a cycling accident? Contact Wayne Hardee Law for representation. If you weren’t at fault in the accident, we’ll help you get proper compensation for your injuries by negotiating, settling, or filing a case in court. Our team of skilled attorneys is ready to take on your case!