Commuting via Bicycle: Our Safety Tips
Cycling is a great way to get around town or to commute to work. The popularity of this mode of transportation has grown significantly for the last decade, due to the health, financial, and ecological benefits in comparison to driving or using public transport.
However, cycling can be dangerous. Here are some vital cycling safety tips:
Know Traffic Laws in Your Area
The laws about cycling can vary greatly depending on where you live. In some places, cyclists are welcome to use sidewalks like pedestrians, but in other places they are treated just like the drivers of other vehicles and are required to follow the same traffic laws. The first step in staying safe on a bicycle is to know how to ride in your town.
Wear Helmets/Safety Gear
Not only are helmets required legally in many places, they may be the difference between life and death in a bicycle accident. Just like riding in a car without a seatbelt, it is simply not worth the risk.
Use Hand Signals to Indicate Turns
If you don’t already know, there are internationally recognized hand signs for cyclists to use while riding. You can use them to let drivers know when you will be slowing down, turning, or trying to change lanes.
Always Be Aware
Anytime you operate a moving vehicle, including a bicycle, it is extremely important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. You can’t control the behavior of pedestrians, motorists, or fellow cyclists, so you should always be watching them in case you need to react quickly.
Be in a Good State to Bike
Riding a bicycle is not totally different from driving a car; You should never bicycle after drinking, using drugs, or while extremely tired.
No matter how you commute, always think of safety first.