Bike Safety: ‘Tis the Season for a Refresher

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Woman about to get hit by a car while riding bike in PinellasAs we fall in the midst of the busiest cycling season, it is the perfect time to remind bicyclists about the dangers existing on St. Petersburg roadways and to remember basic bike safety.

There is always risk involved when traveling, but being on two wheels and with limited protection, cyclists are in greater danger when facing off against motor vehicles. So, as you prepare to pedal through Saint Petersburg, be sure to ask yourself the following questions to ensure your own, and others’ bike safety.

Are You Visible?

Whenever a person takes to the roads, he should ensure that others nearby can clearly see him. Automobiles are outfitted with head and tail lights, but bicycles are not so conveniently equipped, so the darker hours of the day can be very dangerous. The use of reflectors and brightly colored clothing is strongly advised when riding at dawn, dusk, or after dark.

When and Where Do You Travel?

To minimize your risk while you ride your bike, be sure that you stick to the slower trafficked roads as much as possible. For each car sharing the street with you while you ride, there is a greater chance that you will be involved in a tragic accident.

How Often Do You Ride?

If you are not a regular cyclist and it has been some time since you have had a refresher course on bike safety, you are putting yourself at substantial risk of getting into a bicycle accident and a visit with a personal injury attorney. It is important to know how to conduct yourself while you ride to ensure your own safety and that of the people sharing the roads.

Are You Protected?

Before you even climb atop the bicycle seat, be sure that you are properly guarded against skids, scuffs, and scrapes associated with a fall. Cover vulnerable skin with durable clothing, as well as knee, wrist, and elbow pads. Also, opt for a great bike safety investment such as a good-quality helmet approved for cycling.