Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bicycle Safety Tips

If you are one of the many employees or students who have been thinking about using your bike to get from point A to point B these days, here are some helpful tips to make your journey safer.

  1. Wear a helmet. Yes, they might not be the ideal fashion accessory, but if could help you in the event an accident should occur.
  2. Use lights or reflective gear. You might be able to see the cars around you, but the person driving might have a hard time seeing you at sunset or at night.
  3. Never ride agaisnt the flow of traffic. This may be tough to avoid on campus, but off campus it should become habit since motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. Some state laws & common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
  4. Learn hand signals. Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do since most bikes do not have blinkers . You should signal as a matter of courtesy and of self-protection.
  5. Never ride with headphones. If you ride with headphones, you will not be able to hear what is occuring around you, like a horn honking, fire engine approching or any other hazords that are going on around you that you should avoid.

Check out Bicycle Safe for "10 ways not to get hit by cars". This guide assists the bicyclists with the correct ways of crossing intersections and other areas. The author is straight forward, but the tips could mean the difference of being hit or not by a vehicle.

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