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Bicycle safety tips

Not only is bicycling better for the environment than driving, it is a great form of exercise as well. However, with so many cars on the road these days, bicycling can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Consider the tips listed below for staying safe on your bicycle:

  • Maintain your bike and gear. Make sure your bike has head and rear lights if you are riding at night, along with fully functioning brakes and a mirror. Also, wear a helmet at all times.
  • Signal if you intend to turn. Never turn left without putting your arm straight out to signal.
  • Ride further left. Some bikers think hugging the curb is safer, but riding further to the left can help you avoid several types of accidents. For example, if you are too far to the right side of the street you can easily be struck by an opening door or a car pulling into the street from a parking spot. You also make yourself less visible to cars pulling out from a side street or parking lot on your right.
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk. Riding on the sidewalk is illegal in most major cities. And not just because it’s annoying for pedestrians — it’s also unsafe. When you have to cross a street and are coming from the sidewalk, you are invisible to motorists.
  • Avoid fast traffic. Drivers have less time to react and are more distracted by bicyclists on busy, fast roads. And cyclists are more in danger of collisions as well. Take side streets and slower roads when possible.

Don’t let the possibility of a bike accident deter you from enjoying the many wonderful benefits that come along with bicycling. With proper bicycle maintenance, concentration on the road, and an awareness and respect for the laws, your chances of being involved in an accident are greatly reduced. But if you are hit by a negligent driver, seek legal advice from an experienced attorney in Aurora Grande, San Luis Obispo County or elsewhere in California.