The team at Injury Assistance Law Firm want to make sure you are safe there out on the roads! This is why we want to provide you with tips on bicycle safety. We are a bicycle accident attorney who cares. Our team is conveniently located near Orlando.
Stay Safe on a Bike!
Sharing the road with cars, SUVs, and trucks is a fact of cycling life. Legally, bicycles have all of the same rights and responsibilities that automobiles do, yet too often cyclists are viewed as the second-class citizens of the road.
Cyclists are expected to follow all of the same traffic laws as motorists, yet must mingle with larger, faster vehicles (and the sometimes impatient people who steer them). Here are our street-smart guidelines for becoming a wiser, safer cyclist.
Bicycle Safety Tips!
- Bike Safety Fundamentals
- Wear a helmet on every ride.
- Wear bright, highly visible clothing, preferably with reflective tape or patches.
- Obey the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and lights.
- Ride with the flow of traffic, not against it.
- Ride in control at all times. Proceed at a safe speed that permits you to react quickly to unexpected circumstances.
- Yield to pedestrians and other vehicles.
- Never ride in low-light or dark conditions without front and rear bike lights and reflectors.
- Riding Technique
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and other riders or vehicles. What qualifies as safe? Enough space to allow you to react to something unexpected. In general, aim for one bike length (or more) per each 5 miles per hour you’re traveling. Keep at least 4 feet between you and a vehicle.
- Don’t hug the curb too closely. Maintain a comfortable distance from the pavement edge.
- Ride in single file. This is required by law in most states. (Note: Some states allow cyclists to travel two abreast. Do this only on less-traveled roads that are free of traffic. Riding three abreast is usually illegal.)
- Don’t ride on sidewalks unless no other safe option exists. Motorists at intersections or when leaving or entering driveways often do not see swift-moving cyclists traveling on sidewalks.
- Likewise, watch for cars coming out of alleys. They may not see you.
- Don’t pass other cyclists on the right.
- When needed, make noise—use a horn, a bell, whistle, or just yell.
- In heavy, slow-moving traffic, it’s often safer to ride in the middle of a traffic lane so that everyone can see you and cars won’t try to squeeze around you.
- On busy streets, don’t swerve back and forth around parked cars or other obstacles. Maintain a straight course and watch out for opening car doors.
- Be ready to brake. Keep your hands on or near the brake levers so you can stop quickly.
- Pedal strongly when going through intersections.
- If five or more cars are behind you, pull over and let them pass.
- Be predictable.
- Road Awareness
- Stay alert to changes in your surroundings at all times.
- Communicate your intentions to drivers and other cyclists as much as possible. Use hand signals whenever you turn or stop, but assume that every driver might not understand those signals. Watch our video on using hand signals.
- Make friendly eye contact with drivers. This helps to ensure your intentions are understood by motorists.
- Semi-trucks have a blind spot when they turn; avoid riding in the blind spot.
- Watch out for things that can add to (or cause) problems between cyclists and automobiles, like bright sunlight, fatigue, darkness and sharp bends in the road.
- Avoid actions that can cause accidents between bicycles, such as following too closely, poor communication, or lapses in concentration.
- Be especially cautious at intersections. Many cycling accidents occur here.
- Ride with confidence when you’re in traffic. Timid, wobbly riders make drivers nervous. Cyclists or groups of cyclists who ride in a respectful, self-assured manner are more likely to be granted extra room and respect in return.
Call Our Bicycle Accident Attorney
Find out all you need to know about bicycle safety. The last thing you want is to be part of an accident and not know what to do. Let us help. We know all about personal injury claims. At The Injury Assistance Law Firm, our personal injury lawyer is here to ensure you are updated when it comes what you need to do in a car accident. Call our bicycle accident attorney today for more information. Our auto accident attorney is located near Orlando.