“I love cycling, but if I could find a way of building something above the streets for cyclists, that would be amazing. We need even more space.” – Michelle DockeryLet’s face it. If you’re cycling and get in a collision with a vehicle, you’re at a disadvantage. Even if the driver is at fault, you can be left with serious, or even life altering, injuries. Here are several tips to keep you safe:
- Stay Away from Sidewalks It is generally unsafe to ride on sidewalks. Often, too, it is illegal.
- Be a Helmet Head Always wear a helmet.
- Stay Aware Know what is behind you and watch out for what is in front of you. Be your own defensive driver.
- Bright, Bright Clothes Make your presence felt. Wear bright colored clothing.
- Brakes Keep your brakes in top-notch condition.
- Overlapped Wheels This is when your front wheel passes the rear wheel of the rider in front of you, shrinking the amount of space and time you have to respond to whatever he does and increasing the odds of bumping into him.
- Hazardous Corners If beautiful weather is a cyclist’s friend, gravel and loose debris are the enemy. Add that to wet terrain or high speeds and you’re in for a world of pain.
- Road Hazards Additionally, potholes are not your friend and hitting one can. Crashes in groups often look like ripples on a pond—one small move radiates outward, expanding, until someone’s down.
- Riding Tense If you’re tight, every movement is magnified. You can’t react quickly, and when you do, the reaction is exaggerated, which can send you into riders or obstacles around you.