Riding a bicycle can be very enjoyable, and it’s also a good way to get exercise. It can be a source of transportation. For some people, riding a bicycle is their main source of transportation. It’s important to be safe when riding a bicycle. Even though there are benefits to riding a bicycle, it can also be very dangerous. These important safety tips I learned after using a bicycle as my main source of transportation for several years.
Before you start riding a bicycle, you’ll want to gather some information about the conditions you’ll be riding in. It’ll be important for you to know what the weather is not only before you start riding, but what it might be as you continue to ride. Try to find out if it’s going to rain or if there will be a change in temperature outside. If it’s Autumn or Winter, study the roads around where you’re at and check for signs of ice.
Aside from just paying attention to the weather, it’s also good to evaluate the way you feel. You don’t want to be too tired, sick, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Make sure you’re wearing the right kind of clothes, you don’t want to be riding in shorts if it’s cold outside.
You’ll want to have safety equipment. A bicycle helmet is very important. You’ll want to make sure it’s the right size. Even if you only plan to ride a short distance, it’s still good to wear one.
If you’re going to be riding at night, or as it starts to get dark, you’ll need lights on the bicycle. An headlight in front and a red light in back is a good idea. You’ll not only be better able to see what’s in front of you, but drivers will be more likely to see you. Don’t forget to check the batteries for your bicycle lights. It’s also good to bring some extra batteries along with you.
A luggage rack on the back part of your bicycle is very useful. Some might prefer a basket in front which is also good. They not only allow you to carry things back from the store, they are also good for carrying emergency tools to use if you get a flat tire, and a first aid kit in case you get injured.
Have a cellphone with you. Don’t use the phone as you are riding. It’s good to have one with you so you can call for emergency assistance if you get injured or end up in another kind of bad situation.
You want to always consider the traffic that’s around you. When crossing an intersection, be alert for cars that want to turn through the area you plan to ride through. Sometimes drivers don’t pay attention to what else is out there. Make sure there is enough room on the road for cars to pass you.
It’s not always convenient to practice safety, but it’s best in the long run. Accidents usually aren’t planned in advance. It’s much better to be prepared.