Bicycle Safety Tips: How to Avoid a Bike Accident
Bicyclists are advised to make themselves as visible as possible to avoid colliding with cars.
- Some advise using a flag attached to the bike or catching the eyes of nearby car drivers before going through intersections.
- A bell or other noise making device mounted to the bike may also helpful when cycling near people or drivers who have their car windows down.
- A headlight is the easiest and most effective way to create better visibility. A front headlight is required at night but, for daytime, a bright, flashing will help cyclists be more visible to drivers.
- LED headlights are a good choice for daytime biking; they last ten times as long as older style lights.
- Headlamps are another ideal choice and can be mounted directly on the cyclist’s head or helmet.
- Headlamps allow cyclists to look directly at drivers and make sure they are seen.
Tips to remember
- Ride with traffic, ride single-file and stay as far to the right as possible, until stopping.
- Stop at red lights and stop signs behind car.
- Stay sober; more than 20 percent of cyclists who died in crashes in 2014 had blood-alcohol levels above 0.08.
- Carry your belongings either strapped onto the back of your bike or in a backpack.
- Avoid listening to music, texting or otherwise riding while distracted.
- Use arm signals
- Avoid busy streets
Keeping these bicycle safety tips in mind will help reduce preventable accidents.