How To Increase Bicycle Visibility & Safety
Riding a bike is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, or even commute but it needs to be done safely. Ensuring you are a safe & visible bicyclist is easy when you follow these general rules:
Stay Visible: Make sure you're visible to drivers, especially when riding at night. Use a front light, rear light, and wear reflective clothing or accessories on your person. This Flexo® Bicycle Kit is a great way to add some additional visibility to your bike in low light. While riding during the day, wear bright colored clothing & reflectors.
Wear Proper Safety Gear: Everyone knows the importance of a helmet, but we are going to remind you because it is THAT important. A helmet can greatly reduce the risk of head injuries in an accident. Make sure your helmet fits properly and is secured tightly to your head for the best level of protection. If you are still learning to ride and are unsteady, elbow & knee pads would provide another level of protection from falls.
Follow Traffic Rules: Bicyclists must obey traffic rules, including stopping at stop signs and red lights, using hand signals to indicate turns, and riding with the flow of traffic. Following the same rules as cars helps drivers accurately predict your movements.
Stay Alert: Always be aware of what's happening around you. Scan ahead for potential hazards, such as potholes or parked cars, and always be prepared to react to unexpected situations. Assume drivers can't see you and ride defensively. Keep a safe distance from cars, watch for turning vehicles, and be prepared to stop suddenly if necessary.
Bike Maintenance: It is essential to make sure your bike is in good working order. Check your brakes, tires, and other components regularly, and fix any problems immediately to prevent injury to yourself or others.