Riding your bicycle on the road can be a great method of transportation. To have an enjoyable experience, you’ll want to make sure you’re riding safely alongside other vehicles. Follow along for 6 of our favorite bicycle safety tips!
1) Stay Visible
As a cyclist, one of your top priorities should be making sure you’re clearly visible at all times. Be sure to utilize a headlight at night and during inclement weather. It’s also a good idea to wear neon, reflective clothing or outfit your bicycle with reflective materials.
2) Watch for Pedestrians
Although there are clearly marked crosswalks you should pay close attention to, pedestrians (especially children) may not always utilize them. As a cyclist, it’s your responsibility to always be aware of your surroundings. Pay careful attention when operating a bicycle in the dark or near schools.
3) Don’t Drink and Ride
We all know alcohol and driving do not mix; the same goes for bicycles. The chances of causing an accident dramatically increase with alcohol consumption. Even if you are under the legal limit, any amount of alcohol will affect your cycling abilities.
4) Be Alert
Studies show operating a bicycle while distracted can have fatal consequences. Headphones can dull noise of traffic and pedestrians, which are sounds that need your full attention. You’ll also need to keep an eye on your terrain. Unexpectedly cycling onto rocky ground, slick leaves or a pothole could be extremely dangerous if you’re unprepared. Always proceed slowly and cautiously.
5) Rules of the Road
Before you begin your cycling adventures, make sure you thoroughly understand the basics. Bicycles must follow the same rules as motor vehicles on the road. Never skip through a red light or speed through a crosswalk. Learn and utilize hand signals so other vehicles can drive safely alongside you. Most importantly, wear safety gear. Don’t leave home without your helmet!
6) Assess Your Bike
To ensure you have full control over your cycling, find a bike with a proper fit. You’ll also want to make sure it’s in optimal condition. Are the wheels secure? Are the handlebars easy to turn? Are the brakes functioning and not overly worn? Adjust your seat so you fit comfortably and make sure there’s a gap of space between you and the bar. It’s helpful to go for a test ride before heading out on the open road!
About Travis Etheridge
Travis, the co-owner of The Insurance Alliance, joined the insurance industry in 2011. He is married to his lovely wife Anica, and has an amazing son Henry. Travis is passionate about helping people, so the insurance industry is a natural fit. The thing he loves most about the industry is being there for his clients at their most trying times. He believes everyone is an individual and they deserve an individual plan best suited for their situation.