By Fit For Work Staff
During the summer months, cyclists hit the road, increasing the chance for injury on a bicycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 700 cyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014.
Even the most advanced cyclists can endure accidents and injuries, so we want to make sure everyone stays safe on the road, no matter what fitness level.
- Make sure the bike is the right size for you.
- Always wear a bicycle helmet that has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit organization aimed at preventing injuries for children, bike helmets reduce head injuries by 85 percent.
- Follow the same traffic laws as other motorists on the road. Stop at red lights, do not use the walkway and ride with the flow of traffic.
- Choose residential areas rather than congested highways and streets.
- To make yourself visible to other motorists, especially at night, wear bright clothing. Your bicycle should also have reflectors that will allow other road users to see them.
- Before riding your bike, check that the brakes and reflectors are working properly.
- Maintain a safe distance to parked cars to prevent being hit by opening doors.
- When crossing a pedestrian lane, you should get off your bike.
- Don’t wear headphones while cycling because it may prevent you from hearing your surroundings. Traffic safety experts say bicycle riders, just like any motorist, should have 100 percent of their focus on the road.
- Respect the right of way of pedestrians.
- You should base your speed on the road condition and volume of traffic.
- Make sure to use proper hand signals when stopping, turning or changing lanes.
- Best extra careful when crossing intersections.
- You should use the whole lane, not the edge of a street, to make yourself visible to motorists.