May is national bike month and this Friday, May 19th, is bike to work day. With all of this being said, it is important to be safe and obey traffic laws and lights. Yes, we all know the basics of wearing protective helmets, signaling, and staying alert but being safe entails much more.
Here are my top bicycling safety tips:
- Check your local city and state traffic laws before going out on the road. Major cities and certain states have different regulations.
- Do a quick bicycle test. Before heading out be sure to adjust your bicycle to fit, check to make sure your tires are inflated properly, brakes are tight enough, and that the chain is running smoothly.
- Act like a Car. Drivers are used to the patterns of other drivers. The more predictable you are the safer you will be.
- Stay visible. Wear a brightly colored helmet and retro-reflective material on your clothing to ensure other drivers can see you.
- No distracted riding. It is important for your to be in control of your bicycle. Always ride with at least 1 hand on the handlebars and be sure to put all other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
- Consider using a mirror to watch for cars behind you.
Biking is a great way to get into shape all while being a cheap, green form of transportation. However, a bicycle is still a vehicle and it is important to follow the safety measures and rules that are needed in order to avoid injury!