Cycling is a great method of transportation during the summer months, but it can also become a dangerous one due to inattentive motorists and other common hazards. Knowledge of bicycle safety is a matter of vital importance for cyclists.
What do we mean by bicycle safety? Much like motorists rely on defensive driving techniques to avoid accidents, cyclists can adopt certain measures to avoid collisions with vehicles. By understanding why bicycle accidents happen, cyclists can continue to enjoy their hobby or method of transportation while remaining safe.
Bicycle Safety Tips for Acadiana Cyclists
Defensive cycling techniques and certain equipment are necessary for staying safe while cycling this summer.
Helmets: While bicycle helmets will not protect against concussions (concussions are primarily caused by whiplash) they can protect against more severe brain injuries.
Bright clothing: Motorcyclists and cyclists share a similar problem in that both are very difficult to spot. Fortunately, bright clothing can help cyclists stand out during the day and at nighttime. In addition, it can also help to have a bright bicycle.
Reflective tape: Reflective tape is useful for alerting nearby vehicles that cyclists are in the vicinity, although it is most useful at night. This tape, which comes in many colors if you feel like being stylish, works by bouncing off light coming from approaching vehicles. It can also be placed just about anywhere, including clothing or on your bicycle.
Become knowledgeable about collisions: Knowing where, how and when cycling accidents happen is essential to staying safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cycling accidents are most likely in urban areas and not necessarily at intersections (as commonly believed). Accidents can happen during the day and often when vehicles pull out in front of cyclists.
Pretend like every car is your worst enemy: The nation is currently in the midst of a distracted driving epidemic. There is no telling who might be reading Facebook or playing Candy Crush behind the wheel. Keep as far away from vehicles as possible, and try to avoid areas with high traffic density.
Cycling is a healthy form of exercise and clean mode of transportation, but is also one that requires knowledge of how to stay safe.