Summer is a great time to get outside and take a bike ride alone or with friends. Check out these 5 tips to keep you safe!
- Safety First: If planning on taking out a bike for a ride, place a well-fitted helmet on your head. Helmets are designed to keep your skull intact in a major crash. Statistically speaking, you have a significantly higher survival rate wearing a helmet than without.
- Be Seen: When traveling by bike, it is best to wear bright colors that reflect light: Neon yellow, neon lime green, neon orange or white are good colors to consider, as they are known to stand out and attract attention.
- Lights: Riding a bike before dawn, at dusk or at night are not the ideal times due to poor visibility, particularly if you are biking on roadways. Add a headlight and a large bright rear reflector to increase visibility for yourself and others. Increase the chances of being seen by adding a red flashing light to the rear of the bike.
- With Traffic: Bicycles are required to follow the same rules of the road, as if they were automobiles. When riding a bike, cyclist travel with the traffic, but as far to the right of the lane as possible, or traveling in a bike lane, if available. Use hand signals to let other motorists know what you are going to do next. Use your left hand to signal and point in the direction you want to go, whether left turn, right turn, or just slowing down. Be familiar with these hand signals before taking a bike into traffic.
- Skip The Sidewalk: Most states prefer bicyclist do not ride on the sidewalk, but on the roadway. Should a rider feel safer riding on a sidewalk versus on the roadway, be mindful pedestrians have the right of way. In some states riding a bike on the sidewalk may be illegal; before you try it, review your state's policy.
- Be Aware: Know the area in which you are traveling and let a trusted person know your route.
Biking is a great summer activity and provides a great opportunity to slow down and enjoy yourself. Keep these tips in mind for a safe, enjoyable biking experience.