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Bicycle Safety

nhtsa bicycleThe beautiful weather that we are afforded during the summer months makes for the perfect opportunity to ride bicycles. Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to practice independent transportation. As with utilizing any vehicle, safety is of the utmost importance. 

Before using your bicycle, make sure that it is ready to ride. This can be accomplished by inspecting your bike and ensuring that all parts are in good working order. Before riding, inflate the tires properly and check that your brakes work. Adjust your bicycle to fit. Stand over your bicycle. The seat should be level from front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level as the seat. When it is time to ride, wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protect your brain and potentially save your life. Furthermore, whether day, night, lovely weather, or inclement weather, you need to be seen by others on the road. Always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding. Also, wear something that reflects the light such as reflective tape or flashing lights. Avoid riding at night. Be mindful of staying in control of your bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry all items that you may need in a carrier or a backpack so that your hands can remain free. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and animals. All of these hazards and more can cause a crash. If you are riding in a group and see a hazard, make sure to call out and point to the hazard to alert the others riding with you. 

When riding on the road, always ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Do not go against the flow of traffic. Obey all traffic laws. A bicycle is a vehicle. When you are riding this vehicle in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Yield to traffic when it is appropriate to do so. This also means that you should yield to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk. Be predictable to others on the road. Ride in a straight line and signal your moves clearly to others. Stay alert at all times – using your eyes and your ears to guide you. This means that wearing earbuds or a headset while you ride is not a good idea. You need to know what is going on. Always look behind you before you turn and ride far enough out from the curb to avoid unexpected opening doors from parked cars or cars that are quickly pulling out of a driveway. 

For reference, bicycle-car collisions account for only 10-20% of accidents. Falls account for about 50% of accidents. Other accident categories that are commonly seen include bicycle-bicycle collisions, and bicycle-animal collisions. 

These last few points may be painfully obvious, but they are worth mentioning for complete clarity. Never drink alcohol and operate a bicycle on the street. Never text while riding a bicycle on the street

Bicycle use can be a ton of fun and can offer a wide variety of opportunities to interact with people you love and the places that you love. Staying safe while riding your bicycle will result in you continuing to have the opportunity to create more fun memories in this way. 

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