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Top 5 Cycling Safety Tips

Introduction

I've been cycling for years, and I've never had a crash. Still, it's only a matter of time before I do. While I don't know exactly when that will happen, there are some things you can do to diminish the risk. Here are five of my top cycling safety tips to help keep you riding safely:

Wear a helmet.

  • Wear a helmet. A bicycle helmet is the single most important piece of safety gear you can wear on your bicycle. In fact, it's the only piece of safety gear that will help protect you from injury in case of a crash or fall.

  • Wearing your helmet properly matters. Make sure that the helmet fits snugly and securely on your head so that it doesn't move around, especially when riding over rough terrain or at high speeds. Also, make sure that no part of the chin strap is visible under the bottom edge of your chin—this could cause serious injury if caught in spokes or handlebars during an accident!

  • Replace your helmet after any crash where there was some impact to its surface area or foam interior (this may include dropping it on a hard surface). If replacement isn't possible due to damage beyond repairability, consider purchasing another one immediately instead of waiting until later since wearing an old but damaged device may increase risk for injury while riding over time! Note: You should replace helmets every five years regardless whether they've been involved with any sorta mishap during those years."

Be visible.

Be visible.

Wear bright colors, a helmet, and a light. Make sure that you can be seen by others on the road at all times—especially when it's dark out. This is the most important thing cyclists can do to keep themselves safe while riding their bikes.

The following items will help you to be more visible:

  • Brightly colored clothing (like these reflective shorts)

  • Reflective clothing (like this reflective vest)

  • A bike light * Bike lights come in all shapes, sizes and prices - here are some great options for under $40! You'll also want a good set of lights for your bike or scooter so that other motorists will see you! These ones from NiteRider are just $30 each but the best part is they have different settings where one shines brighter than another so if there's something really far away then use the dimmer setting until it gets closer before switching up again.

Watch out for doors opening.

Watch out for cars opening their doors. This is one of the most common cycling accidents, and it's easy to avoid by staying safe in the door zone. If you're riding a bike and coming up on a car that has its driver's side door open or even just cracked open, slow down as much as possible and try to move around the car on the left side of it.

Keeping your eyes on the road helps prevent accidents from happening—so make sure you're always looking forward when riding your bike!

Be predictable.

  • Be predictable.

To avoid accidents and to keep other road users aware of your presence, stay in a single file line on the road. When riding in groups, it's a good idea for each rider to hang out behind the rider in front of them so that they can see what's happening ahead and anticipate any potential dangers. This also ensures that you all ride at roughly the same speed so as not to inconvenience other drivers or pedestrians who may be walking along side you on the sidewalk or crossing through crosswalks as they go about their day-to-day business.

  • Don't weave in and out of traffic or ride against traffic, especially if you're riding with heavy motorized vehicles such as buses or trucks! These vehicles are much larger than bicycles so they need extra space when turning corners or making stops (or even changing lanes) because their turning radius is much wider than most cyclists' bodies would ever be able to traverse without colliding into another vehicle before completing their turn(s).

  • "Don't ride on sidewalks!" We know this sounds obvious but many people do this anyway--and understandably so because sometimes sidewalks seem safer than streets filled with distracted drivers texting while driving...but definitely not always! The problem with riding on sidewalks is that pedestrians might step off into roadways unexpectedly which could cause serious injury for both parties involved: riders who collide directly into these individuals will often lose control over their bikes due to hitting something unexpected like clothing items hanging off someone else's back pockets--this could result in serious injuries depending upon how fast one was moving beforehand (i'm talking about bruises here).

Be aware of traffic.

  • Be aware of other road users. Look out for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles.

  • Pay attention to traffic lights and signs. If you are turning left or right at an intersection, check for cyclists crossing in front of you.

  • Be aware of road markings and road surface changes like potholes or gravel roads that could affect your riding speed and handling ability on your bike.

  • Know the weather forecast before heading out so you won't be caught by surprise with sudden rain showers or strong winds while cycling on a bike route that doesn't have much tree cover overhead (for example).

Cycling safety is important, and these five tips will help you be less vulnerable on the road.

Cycling safety is important, and these five tips will help you be less vulnerable on the road.

  • Be visible and predictable to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians around you

  • Wear a helmet (and make sure it's properly fitted)

  • Pay attention to what's going on around you, including what other cyclists are doing

  • Be prepared for an accident by carrying some basic tools (a pump or CO2 inflator, spare tube) in case of flat tires; always carry ID; take water with you if possible

  • Keep your bike maintained properly so it doesn't break down while riding

Conclusion

So, there you have it! Cycling can be a great activity for the whole family—it’s good exercise and an environmentally responsible mode of transportation. However, it needs to be safe. We hope that, armed with these tips, you and your loved ones will enjoy many happy hours—and years!—of riding in bike lanes and on sidewalks throughout your community without any incidents. After all, it’s only when cyclists know how to look out for themselves that they can really help protect the environment by choosing this mode of transportation!

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