Getting smart about Bicycle Safety – 5 Tips on Bicycle Safety

Summertime in the state of Michigan is the best time of the year to get out and ride your bike! Rather it is for commuting to work, staying in shape, sightseeing or joyriding, nearly 66.5 million cyclists and bike riders hit the road in the United States in 2016 (according to statista.com).

While biking can be one of the most enjoyable recreational activities of summer it is important to take precautions when you ride. According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA), 840 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. Even if you are a veteran cyclist, it’s always good to review the fundamentals. In order to ensure cyclists, bike riders, and automobile drivers have a safe and happy summer here are 5 tips for bicycle safety this summer!

  1. Know the rules! Bicycles on the roadway must follow the same rules as motorized vehicles. Go with traffic, obey all street signs and signals – just like a car!
  2. Plan, plan, plan! Much like driving, planning ahead will help you choose routes with less traffic. Also, keep in mind your safest path might just be a bike path – keeping you away from motorists all together
  3. Be prepared! Make sure your bike and helmet fit! Wear clothing that won’t get caught in the chain. The most common bicycle accident is falls!
  4. Be a defensive rider! Assume people don’t see you, wear bright colored clothing, ride during the day, and watch for hazards like car doors opening, potholes, and train tracks.
  5. Predictability is key! Ride where you are expected to be seen and give motorists a sense of what you intend to do!

 

For more information on how to find a helmet that fits and other bicycle safety topics – check out the resources below!

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