The weather is getting warmer, school have let out for the year and summer is nearly here. As it gets nicer outside, more people take to the streets to enjoy the sunshine with family and friends, and that means an increase of bicyclists on the streets. Bicycling.com ranked Boston as one of the best cities for bicyclists in the country, and people are ready to take full advantage of what we have to offer.
According to the City of Boston, most serious bicycle accidents happen between the months of May and September. On average, 274 people on bikes are injured during the summer months each year. So now is the perfect time to brush up on bicycle safety tips so you can fully enjoy your time on two wheels.
Wear a helmet
The No. 1 thing you can do to protect yourself while riding a bike is wearing a helmet. Helmets protect against concussions, traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, facial injuries and more. Helmet sizes vary by manufacturer, so be sure to try on a helmet before purchasing it.
When you’re riding your bicycle, act as though cars can’t see you, because, often, they can’t. Wear fluorescent, bright or reflective clothing and use a headlight and taillight when riding at night.
Avoid riding in vehicles’ blind spots to prevent them from accidentally cutting you off.
Follow the rules of the road
In most jurisdictions, bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles. This means obeying stop signs, traffic signals and other traffic laws. Use hand signals when turning or stopping so cars know your intentions and can act accordingly.
Check your gear
Riding a bike that fits you properly is critical to riding safely. Before you hit the streets, make sure the saddle is at a comfortable height. Also check the brakes, tire pressure and gears before you go to avoid unexpected mishaps.
Distracted driving is dangerous, and distracted biking is too. Refrain from using earbuds or headphones while you bike so you can hear important audio cues around you. Never text, make calls or eat while on your bike – it’s a recipe for losing control.