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Bicycle Safety Tips

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Cycling has become a popular form of transportation, exercise, and recreation. It's also an environmentally friendly way to get around. But it can also be dangerous. It's important to follow basic safety rules when you're cycling so that you can stay safe while riding your bike.

Wear A Helmet

If you think looking cool on your bike is more important than breathing, reconsider. Wearing a helmet is required by law in many states. Even if you don't plan on going very far, it's important to wear one. Here are some tips for choosing and fitting a helmet:

  • Choose a helmet that fits your head shape. A good way to do this is by using the "fitment test" method (see below).

  • Ensure your straps are adjusted properly—they should be snug but not too tight or loose. The back strap should fit just above your earlobe, while the front strap should sit just below it. If possible, try wearing the helmet with goggles or glasses; check it from several angles to see how everything lines up together.

Visibility At Night

  • Use lights after dark or when visibility is poor. Lights are the most important safety feature on a bike, and they're required by law to be mounted in front and back of your bike. They can help you see obstacles or other people on the road and make you more visible to drivers.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, even when using lights. Keep in mind that while lights will make it easier for others to see you (and vice versa), they won't eliminate any potential dangers—so pay attention!

Stay Alert

  • Always assume others do not see you.

  • Don't assume that other drivers will give you space, follow the rules of the road, or be able to react to your actions.

Get Your Kids Up To Speed

While our safety is important, we must remember that our children must also be kept in the loop! While we take some things for granted or just feel some information is common sense, remember that your kid is, well, a kid still! Take the time to teach your kid the following tips so they can stay safe when riding their bikes around the neighborhood:

  • Teach your children the rules of the road before they ride on their own.

  • Teach them to ride safely and to follow the rules of the road.

  • Teach them to ride defensively, anticipating what other drivers will do, not just reacting to what they have already done or are doing at that moment.

  • Teach them to ride with respect for others, including pedestrians and other cyclists.

If you or someone you love was involved in a bicycle accident, Piering Law Firm can help. Contact us today at (916) 476-2399 to schedule a free case consultation.