Riding your bike is a great way to commute, get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, or spend time with family and friends. However, if you’re not being as safe as you could while biking, you may be putting yourself at unnecessary risk of being involved in an accident. To reduce your chances of being injured while riding, here are three things that you can do right now to improve your safety while cycling:
1. Wear Safety Gear
Wearing your bicycle safety gear is one of the most important things that you can do while riding. Safety gear that you should invest in—and use on a regular basis—includes the following listed below.
- Helmet – make sure to choose a helmet that’s DOT-certified and fits properly
- Riding gloves
- Appropriate clothing for the weather
- Close-toed shoes
- Bright colors that improve visibility
You should also be equipped with the right safety add-ons, such as rear and front bike lights.
2. Learn the Rules of the Road
If you’re not sure of the rules of the road for cyclist in Pennsylvania, it’s time that you learn them. Following traffic laws can help to keep you safe. Rules that apply to bike riders include: riding on the right side of the road unless passing; obeying stop signs and traffic signals; not carrying packages that prevent you from keeping at least one hand on handlebars; using bike lights; never riding on the freeway; and using hand and arm signals. You can find the full lists of bicycle rules at http://www.pacommutes.com/biking/safety-and-laws/, a website that’s sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
3. Choose Bike-friendly Roads or Trails
While cyclists are permitted on the majority of roadways in Pennsylvania, riding on the road isn’t always safe. Instead, seek out roads that are bicycle-friendly and maintain designated bike lanes. Or, choose trails or paths that allow bicyclists instead. Always avoid heavily trafficked roads whenever possible – by reducing the time spent biking around cars, you can reduce your chances of being in an accident.
Learn More About Safety While Riding
To learn more about tactics for safety while riding, read our blogs about bicycle tips for riding at night, locations of safe Pennsylvania bike trails and paths, and the rules of the road for cyclists.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can also help you after a bicycling accident. For questions about liability and recovering damages, contact our attorneys today at 215-642-2335.