There are a number of safe PA bike paths and trails designed to help protect cyclists at all hours of the day. But when you must ride at night, these bicycle paths may not be enough. To help keep you safe while riding at night, following these easy tips.
Use Reflective Gear and Tape
If you don’t already own a reflective vest, and if you have a tendency to bike when lighting is poor, it’s time to invest in one. In addition to a reflective vest, consider purchasing reflective tape. Apply this to your helmet and bike. What’s more, always remember to wear bright colored clothing, like florescent yellow, which increases drivers’ ability to see you. Florescent colored clothing is more effective than white, contrary to popular belief.
Invest in Lighting
While riding in well-lit areas is always ideal, it’s not always possible. To ensure that drivers can see you nonetheless, make sure you invest in lighting for your bicycle. You should have both a rear and a front light, both of which can illuminate or flash red to alert drivers to your presence. A light that can attach to your helmet is also a good idea and can help you to both see and be seen.
Ride in Low-trafficked Areas
If you do have to ride after dark, choose street routes that have less traffic congestion, or that offer paths or lanes specifically for bicyclists. In both light and dark, avoiding heavily trafficked areas is always within a cyclist’s best interest. If a congestion-free route isn’t possible, use the tips above—reflective vest/tape and plenty of lighting—to ensure that motorists can see you, reducing your risk of being involved in an accident.
Finally, make sure that you always follow all posted traffic laws and yield to vehicles where appropriate, even if you have the right of way. Avoid confusing other drivers by riding in a straight line. It goes without saying that you should never ride your bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
.Learn More About Bicycle Safety and Accidents
Most bicycle accidents happen because the driver didn’t see the cyclist, or because the driver is acting negligently. To learn more about bicycle safety, visit our webpage on bicycling accident causes and injuries. And, if you are involved in a bicycle accident, don’t hesitate to call our team at Cordisco & Saile LLC at 215-642-2335 now.