Bicycles have been an inexpensive mode of transportation dating back over one-hundred years. Riding a bike has become a sport and a great way to improve one’s health. With the increased popularity, cities across the U.S. have begun to design bicycle paths alongside roadways, and to pass more laws protecting bicyclists from aggressive drivers.
Even though bicycle paths do help prevent some injuries to bicyclists, sharing the road with fast moving vehicles such as automobiles and trucks still makes it a riskier way to travel than to ride in an enclosed vehicle that provides some protection if you are involved in an accident.
There are safety tips to consider if you decide bicycling is one way for you to improve your health, or simply a less expensive way to travel, perhaps, back and forth to work:
- Wear a helmet that is properly fitted and held tightly by a chin strap – most serious injuries result from head injuries
- Wear brightly-colored clothing that can be seen from an extended distance
- Be cognizant of your environment and what lies ahead of you
- Use hand signals if you plan to turn, or to change lanes
- Install mirrors on your handle bars that help keep you aware of approaching traffic from the rear
- Before changing lanes, or turning, turn your head to observe traffic on either side of you
- Be courteous and move over when possible to allow other vehicles to pass you