BICYCLE SAFETY GUIDE
BICYCLE SAFETY GUIDE
By being aware of your surrounds while on the road and taking extra safety precautions ahead of time, virtually all bicycle accidents and injuries can be prevented. If you are a bicyclist in Boca Raton and beyond, please view our handy Bicycle Safety Guide for some smart tips to keep you out of harm’s way and riding happily.
General Bicycle Riding Safety Tips
Bicycle accident prevention begins with you, the bicyclist! Before you hit the road, make sure you follow these safety tips so you can do your part in bicycle safety.
- Helmets and gear: The days of trying to look “cool” by not wearing helmets and gear while riding your bicycle are long gone. Modern technology and style has made wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet knee and elbow pads as essential gear you shouldn’t ride without.
- Maintenance: Your bicycle should be well-maintained. Check tire inflation, chain quality, and more before heading out. Do not ride a bicycle that is not appropriately sized for you, as this will make it more difficult for you to control it.
- Reflective clothing: Don’t be in the dark when it comes to dressing appropriately for bicycle rides. You should have at least one bright, reflective piece of clothing on your body and at least one tail end reflector on your bicycle. Always remember, dark bicyclists are invisible bicyclists, even before the sun sets completely.
- Hazard avoidance: Whenever you can use dedicated bicycle routes and lanes, use them. Do not travel at night or along bumpy, debris-filled roads unless absolutely necessary. You should also never take both hands off your handlebars when riding, and all items you are carrying should be done so in a bag or box strapped to your bicycle.
When You Cannot Prevent Your Bicycle Accident
Here at Shiner Law Group we only want to see you safe and sound, but we also know firsthand how dangerous it can be for a bicyclist using public streets. Sometimes, drivers simply do not pay any attention to the lanes around them, or they drive in a way that is so sporadic, there is no chance you could anticipate their actions and avoid a collision. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, let our personal injury attorneys know during a free consultation. Together, we can fight for your right to fair compensation for your injuries.
Bicyclist Rules of the Road
When you ride your bicycle on a public street, you should be treated like another vehicle by other drivers, but you also have to treat yourself as a vehicle. Follow the
- Direction: You should never ride against the flow of traffic. If there is no dedicated bike lane, stick to the right side of the lane, as long as it is safe and clear, and ride in the same direction as the cars.
- Traffic signals: You might not be an automobile, but all traffic signals and signs still apply to you when riding on the road. Never roll straight through a stop sign or an intersection without first checking to see if it is safe and if you have the right of way.
- Manual signals: Clue other drivers in when you intend to change lanes or make a turn by using hand signals. Left hand straight out for left; left hand up, or right hand straight out, for right; and left hand down for slowing down or stopping.
- Straight paths: Do not weave between vehicles to try to get ahead of the flow of traffic. You should also not ride too closely to parked vehicles, as a door may unexpected swing open into you, causing an accident. Additionally, when entering a street from a sidewalk, choose a corner or driveway, rather than appearing between two parked vehicles.