Busy city streets can pose a lot of potential safety risks for those riding their bikes. With more and more bikes on the road, riding smart has become even more crucial to making sure you, and those around you, are safe while on the road. With these seven easy to follow tips, not only can you still ride your bike in the busiest of cities, but can do so with the utmost of safety.
Tip 1: Ride in a Straight Line
Riding in a straight line offers motorist a clear line of vision and allows them to know you will be riding predictably and not making any sudden turns or veers. Obey all of the traffic laws, adhere to stop signs and signals and do not weave into and out of traffic.
Tip 2: Look, Signal and Look Some More
Before making any lane changes it is extremely important to look at where you want to go. If at all possible try to establish eye contact with drivers, as this well ensure the driver sees you and where you are trying to get too. When you are turning, or making a lane change, make sure to properly signal so all drivers in sight can see your hand signals. And before you do make a turn, make sure to look again, and never assume drivers did see your hand signal or that it is safe for you to turn.
Tip 3: Watch Out for Car Doors
Drivers, especially those in a hurry, may open there door without giving second thought to the potential that someone is riding a bike near their car. If at all possible, try to leave room between yourself and cars which are parked, or that are in the process of parking. This will give you ample room to get out of the way in case a car door does unexpectedly open in your direction.
Tip 4: Stay Visible
If you are riding during the day wear brightly colored clothing so that you can be seen from far away by drivers. If you are riding your bike during the evening hours, it is recommended to use reflective materials, lights on your bicycle and other items which will reflect car headlights so drivers can see you easily.http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/cycling-safety-tips-and-regulations.aspx
Tip 5: Do Not Wear Headphones
Most states only allow you to wear one headphone while riding a bike, but it is recommended to not wear any at all. Not only do headphones distract you from the road and the busy streets, but they also drown out horns and other potential warning signs which could keep you free from having a serious accident.
Tip 6: Use a Bell
Bells on bicycles are not just for little kids, but for adults as well. Use your bell to properly alter drivers, other bike riders, as well as pedestrians.
Tip 7: Wear a Helmet
Helmets may not be the most comfortable thing to wear, but they can save your life and keep you from sustaining serious head trauma. Helmets are also required by law for children who are under the age of 13 years old.for more information, read full blog post.