I Want to Start Cycling. What Should I know?
There are many reasons people enjoy riding their bikes. Whether it’s to get some exercise on a beautiful day, or as a healthier, cheaper option to get to work, cycling has always been a popular means of getting around. As the weather warms up, you’ll likely see more and more bicycles out on the road. Whether you’re cycling on waterfront trails or navigating through the streets of the city, it’s important to stay alert and stay safe, as one small mistake can lead to a serious accident.
How Can I Stay Safe While Cycling?
Bike safety is a crucial skill when it comes to making sure you’re protected on the roads. Below are some tips to help you stay safe as you cycle:
- Wear a helmet! It’s one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself while riding a bike. 78% of adults and 88% of children who have suffered head and neck injuries while cycling were not wearing a helmet.1 No matter what, make sure you strap on a properly fitted helmet before getting on your bike.
- There’s no test you must take to be able to ride a bike, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important to do the same things you would while driving, such as checking your blind spots or signaling your intent before making a turn.
- Make sure you are visible! This works in two ways:
- Make sure the drivers around you can see you at all times. Try to avoid riding in their blind spot, approach with caution if you see they’re going to make a turn and make eye contact with drivers before crossing their paths.
- Avoid the dark clothes and wear bright colours or reflective materials. Make sure you have a working light and bell on your bicycle and if possible, avoid riding in bad weather conditions such as heavy rain or fog.
- Make sure you’re paying attention to everything going on around you. Watch for parked cars that may be about to open their doors and for car signals and lane changes happening around you.
- Make sure to do a complete stop at red lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks.
- Avoid listening to headphones or music while riding. While it might be nice to tune out the loud noises of traffic on your commute, it’s important you’re alert and listening to what is going on around you.
- Get your bike serviced regularly. A mechanical failure while riding your bike can end in you falling off and injuring yourself.
- Avoid swerving in and out of lanes.
- Respect the cars and pedestrians around you, as well as the rules of the road.
Bicycling is a fabulous way to commute, both for the environment and your own health. By following this simple guide every time you ride, you should be able to get around safely.
I’ve Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident. Do I Have a Case?
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident caused by the fault of a car or other vehicle, we can help. Furthermore, bicyclists are also commonly injured due to street defects or other dangerous roadway circumstances such as potholes or inadequately marked construction lanes. We can fight for your case.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, it is best to choose a lawyer with prior experience. Thankfully, with over 40 years of combined experience, De Rose Lawyers has a team of bicycle accident lawyers ready to help.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Bicycle accident cases are unique. Questions of liability may arise, and the path to compensation can become complex. Having an experienced bicycle accident lawyer by your side will make all the difference.
Why Choose De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers?
Our personal injury team at De Rose Lawyers will help you navigate the legal process to make sure you are fairly compensated. Our team of lawyers, with over 40 years of experience, will guide you through the complex legal, medical, and insurance issues, allowing you to focus on your rehabilitation and recovery.