Tips for Bike Riders to Stay Safe on the Roads
May is National Bike Month, and with the weather getting warmer, more and more people are enjoying going outside and riding their bikes. Especially during this peak bike riding time, it’s important for bicyclists and drivers alike to safely share the roads. Jeff Hunter recently joined ABC 32 host Jeff Sanders to discuss important safety tips to keep in mind.
Bike riding can be very dangerous. Jeff shared that nearly 45,000 cyclists are injured every year—and 5,400 of those injured are children. Unfortunately, such accidents can be fatal—claiming 800 lives each year. When you go on a bike ride to enjoy the warm weather, you expect a pleasant time outdoors—you don’t expect to get hurt. With bike injuries so common, it’s important to know the causes of these accidents and how to prevent them.
As cell phone use increases, distracted driving causes more bike accidents. As Jeff explained, “You have to understand that people who are driving cars these days are going to be distracted, and they’re not going to be thinking about ‘where’s a bicyclist?’ and ‘I need to be looking for a bicyclist.’”
While drivers need to do a better job looking for bicyclists and avoiding distractions, bicyclists must also take extra precautions to stay safe on the roads. Keep these simple and effective tips in mind:
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Don’t wear headphones while riding
- Be careful approaching intersections
- Always wear a helmet
- Wear bright reflective clothing
- Obey all traffic signals and signs
- Do not pass on the right
- Never ride against traffic
Do Bicyclists Need to Obey the Same Laws as Car Drivers?
Jeff explained that the most important things bicyclists can do is to stay attentive and understand the laws, stating, “You have to remember that, when you’re riding a bike, you have to follow the rules of the road just like you’re in a vehicle.” He noted that bicycles are defined as vehicles in Alabama.
Hopefully, by following Jeff’s tips, Alabama bicyclists and motorists alike will stay safe. To learn more about the most common causes of bike accidents and how to avoid them, check out our blog post.
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