You may have many reasons for riding a bicycle. It may be a way for you to get around without sending harmful emissions into the atmosphere. You may use it as a form of exercise, or it may be something that you do merely for fun.
Regardless of your reasons for riding a bicycle, however, it is important to take steps to keep yourself safe. In 2017, there were 1,024 fatal bicycle accidents in the United States, and over half of those involved motor vehicles. Bicyclists are at a disadvantage when it comes to sharing the road with automobiles, so it is important to be proactive about your own safety when riding your bicycle.
According to the National Safety Council, the traffic rules that motorists must follow generally apply to bicyclists as well. However, there are some specific safety rules that bicyclists must be aware of and adhere to. It is important to remain alert to potential hazards while you are riding and keep your head up. You should learn the hand signals that indicate stopping and turning and use them to communicate your intent to motorists. Do not ride against traffic; always travel in the same direction that traffic is flowing. If you are riding with a group of bicyclists, always travel single file.
You should always check your bike before riding to ensure that it is in good working order. This includes checking the tires for proper inflation and making sure that the seat is in position at the correct height and locked into place. In addition to your bike, you should also check your helmet to ensure that it is well-fitting and certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
You likely plan to spend more time on your bicycle as the weather becomes warmer and milder. Be sure to include safety in your plans.