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Bike Safety Tips for National Bike Month

Since May is National Bike Month, it is the perfect time to share some bike safety tips that will hopefully keep you and your family safe while riding.

Unfortunately, nearly 800 bicyclists were killed in U.S. motor vehicle crashes in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of cyclists were killed between 6 and 9 p.m., and three-quarters occurred in urban areas. Males are eight times more likely than females to be in a fatal biking accident involving a motor vehicle.

Exercising safety precautions is the best way to reduce your chance of serious injury or fatality while riding a bike. Some helpful tips include:

  • Cyclists must follow the same rules of the road as motorists do. For example, you must stop at stop signs and obey traffic lights, as cars do.
  • Ride on the same side of the road as cars. Ride with traffic, rather than against it.
  • Do not talk on your phone or wear headphones while riding.
  • Make sure your bicycle has been tuned up before you hit the road. Make sure that your bike is in good condition and the tires are inflated. The amount of air your tires require is on the side of each tire. Lubricate your bike chain every week.
  • Watch out for children and animals that may run out in the street. Also, watch for opening car doors and cars pulling out of driveways.
  • Make eye contact with car drivers before crossing the street in front of them.

Remember the “ABCs of Awareness.” Based on research from Clemson University, the bike manufacturer Trek formulated these helpful safety guidelines.

  • “A” stands for “Always on.” You should keep a light illuminated on your bike at all times.
  • The “B” stands for “Biomotion,” which refers to your body’s moving parts. You are more likely to grab a driver’s attention if you have a reflective spot or neon strip on your shoe, for instance, because your shoes are going around in circles and a bright object is likely to be seen because it is moving quickly.
  • The “C” is for “Contrast.” Your clothes should contrast – rather than blend in – with your surroundings. It is advisable to wear something reflective at night and something fluorescent during the daytime.

For additional safety tips and resources, see the National Safety Council’s website.

Contact A Bicycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident in Connecticut contact the experienced the bike accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for help. Let us help you to recover the full and fair compensation you deserve. Reach out to us anytime by chatting with us live online, filling out a contact form, or by calling (203) 397-1283 to schedule a free initial consultation.