Serious cyclers know two things: 1) wear a helmet, and 2) follow road laws. However, there’s much more to the story in a pedestrian-heavy city or when cars are whizzing by at high speeds. The increase of texting while driving, and walking, is another factor that cyclists need to be aware as they navigate the road. More than ever, serious – and recreational – cyclers need to stay alert and energized in order to tackle the open road in a safe and smart manner.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to street biking, the bottom line is this: cyclers have the same responsibility to follow traffic laws as drivers. Don’t bike on the sidewalk, stop at stop signs, follow traffic lights and ride with traffic. These are the ABCs that every biker should know. Here are a few additional road safety tips that can help you cycle safely and avoid accidents.
Keep Alert: Tired cycling is just as dangerous as tired driving. When you aren’t properly energized, you can fail to stay alert to other motorists, traffic and street signs. To help maintain your focus and stamina, consider packing a canister of Oxygen Plus (O+) portable oxygen with you on your next cycle. Ample sleep and nutrition is also recommended.
Stand Out:One of the most important aspects to biking safely on the road is to make sure that motorists can clearly see you. Be sure to wear high-visibility clothing and install a bright, LED light on the front of your bike if you plan to cycle in the dark or in low-lit conditions. Also make sure your bike is equipped with a rear light and reflectors.
Yield to Pedestrians: Bikers, like drivers, don’t always have the right-of-way. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way at an intersection and crosswalk. Just as cyclists requests that drivers look out for them, they must do the same for those on foot. When biking in areas with street parking, always make sure to look out for motorists opening their doors.
Cycle Defensively: Within reason, of course. The key to defensive biking is to make sure that you’re well-aware of your surroundings. Know what’s where, especially what’s in front of you, and take initiative when needed. With that being said, make sure to wait until you have enough time to make your move.