Springtime is just around the corner, which means people of all ages will begin to venture outdoors more and more. Bicycling is one of the activities that millions of people enjoy each year once the weather starts to warm up and the clouds of winter give way to springtime sunshine.
But like all outdoor activities, bicycling can be dangerous. It is essential that bicyclists remember to be aware and know how to stay as safe as possible. In today’s post, Vaziri Law Group offers some bicycling safety tips for springtime.
Bicycling Safety Tips for Springtime
Before venturing out on your bicycle or sending your kids outside to ride, consider these bicycling safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet. Wearing a properly fitting helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 88%!
- Make sure the bicycle is the appropriate size for the rider. A bike that is too small or too big can be difficult to control.
- Wear appropriate clothing when going for a ride. Avoid loose-fitting clothing, long shoelaces, or drawstrings that can get caught up.
- Check out your bicycle before riding. Check the brakes, tires, and gears.
- Before riding near the road, make sure you know what the law says about your responsibilities on a bicycle. Bicyclists often must follow the same rules as vehicles.
- Wear reflective clothing. If you are riding near a roadway, wear reflective and/or brightly colored clothing to maximize visibility.
- Check for traffic. When riding near the road, always check for traffic and be aware of intersections and driveways.
- Look both ways. When crossing a street or entering an intersection, be sure to look both ways and check for vehicles that may be turning.
- Ride on the right side. When riding on the road, always ride on the right side in the same direction and flow as traffic.
By remembering these safety tips, you and your family and friends can enjoy the outdoors and the many pathways and roadways in California that offer incredible experiences for bicyclists.