bike safetyBiking is a healthy and eco-friendly way to get from point A to point B, and with more and more cities implementing bike-friendly initiatives, it’s becoming easier than ever to bike in the city. However, no matter how aware of bicycles other commuters are, it’s imperative to consider these safety tips when biking in the city.

Always Use Protective Gear

Even the most experienced cyclists crash, so it’s crucial to wear safety gear like helmets, elbow and knee pads, closed-toe shoes, and protective clothing. Lights, bells, and reflectors will ensure that both cars and pedestrians are alerted to your presence.

Obey Traffic Laws

Bikes are considered road vehicles and should never be ridden on the sidewalk (unless you are a child). Ride your bike in the same direction as traffic, stopping at all stop signs and traffic lights, and obeying all other traffic signs. Some cities have their own bike laws that limit speeds, so make sure you are familiar with local regulations.

Be Predictable

Familiarize yourself with your route before leaving the house so the roads don’t take you by surprise. Always ride in a straight line, and alert cars and pedestrians of your movements by signaling turns and vocalizing your intentions. Don’t assume drivers can see you.

Additionally, don’t assume that cars will act as predictably as you. Make eye contact with drivers, if possible, and give a wide berth to closed doors. You never know when they’ll open. Pedestrians are unpredictable too, so make sure they know you’re coming up behind them.

Check Your Equipment

Before cycling anywhere, check your bike to make sure everything is in working order. Tires should be well-inflated, brakes should catch, your seat should be adjusted correctly, etc.

Avoid Distractions

Music and cell phones have no place while bike riding. Keep both eyes on your surroundings and at least one hand on the handlebars.

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