Riding a bike is a fun pastime that many Americans enjoy. According to findings from the Breakaway Research Group, an average of 100 million Americans bike every year and 14 million bike twice a week. If you’re one of these millions, there are many tips to remain safe while you bike.
- Wear a properly fitted helmet. A study on bicycle safety found that the risks of serious head injury would be reduced by more than 70 percent when wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet to protect your brain can protect your life.
- Avoid riding in the dark of night. If you must ride at night, it is vital that you wear clothing that is easily seen in the dark. You should always have reflectors on the rear and front of your vehicle. Do not underestimate the importance of this.
- Be cautious of road hazards. Be diligent in watching the road to see what is ahead, whether it is a pothole, a puddle, broken glass or any other object that will cause you to crash. Also, warn those riding behind you of any upcoming dangers.
- Check your equipment. Make certain all parts of your bike are in proper working order, including the tires and brakes.
- Control your bike. It is best to always have both hands on the handlebars in order to control the bike.
- Make sure you can see and be seen. Just because you can see a driver does not mean that they can always see you. Once again, wear proper clothing so that others can see you easily.
- Check for a proper bicycle fit. When purchasing a bicycle, be sure it is the proper size for you and adjust handlebar and seat height accordingly.
By following these tips, all cyclists can ensure a safe ride, whether it’s a leisurely trail ride or a work commute.