While bicycle safety is normally angled towards children, everyone needs to know how to be safe when it comes to cycling. Children aren’t the only ones at risk of accidents, so it’s important for people of all ages to heed the rules of riding a bike.
It depends on where you live on what rules there are when it comes to riding a bike. Some places may have helmet laws, and some may even have laws on where you can ride your bike. Don’t just assume you can ride helmetless on the sidewalk in your town, research the laws to prevent being fined for breaking them.
While you want to follow the laws, you also want to make sure you are safe from accidents, injuries, and even death. Here are some safety tips to make riding more fun and less of a risk.
Be Careful Riding On The Road
In many states and cities, the laws have bicycle riders sharing the road with drivers. This makes safety even more important because accidents can easily happen, and when it’s bike against car it’s very likely to be a fatal accident on the part of the biker.
While helmets can help prevent head injuries, you still need to pay attention and follow the laws. Don’t ride your bike in inclimate weather. You want to make sure that people can see you and that you can have full control of your bicycle.
Helmets Save Lives
Helmets may be annoying, and maybe you don’t remember helmets being a big deal when you were a child, but they do save lives and help prevent horrible injuries. Each day a helmet will help a bike rider make it through an accident without a major head injury.
Make sure you purchase a fitting helmet that is made for riding a bike. You want something that doesn’t get in the way of visibility.
Make Sure You Are Visible
Another important safety reminder is that you want to do everything you can to make sure that your are visible to drivers. Bicycles are relatively small compared to motor vehicles, and if you are riding on the side of the road in an area with no bike path you need to wear bright clothing that makes you stand out.
If you are riding at night, just like walkers and joggers, you need to wear reflective clothing.
Distracted driving is just as bad for you on your bicycle as it is for people behind the wheel of motor vehicles. Watch the road, or sidewalk, in front of you and don’t be distracted with phones and conversations and you just might save your own life.
If you’re not convinced that you need to take safety precautions when riding a bike, it may help to know that of all the fatal traffic accidents in 2012, 2 percent of them were bicycle related. That may seem low, but wouldn’t it be better at zero percent?