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Everything You Need to Know About Bike Safety

all you need to know about bike safety and how to avoid bike crashes

Whether you’re commuting on two wheels, or you’re biking for fun (or exercise, of course), there are a few bike safety measures you need to take. Keep reading to find out how to have a fun ride without any bike accidents or bike crashes.

Let’s First Learn About Bike Safety Statistics

According to bike safety statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cyclist deaths due to bike accidents happen most often between 6 pm and 9 pm (regardless of the season). 

As you may expect, bike accidents occur more often in urban areas rather than rural areas. A more surprising statistic is that in 2019, bicyclist deaths were 6 times higher for males than for females and a quarter of fatal bike crashes involved a cyclist under the influence of alcohol.

Bicycle Safety Standards in Your Country

Unfortunately, not all cities and countries are created equal when it comes to bicycle safety standards. Some of us are lucky enough to have great bike safety infrastructure such as a clearly marked (and sometimes even barrier-protected) network of bike lanes.

To ensure bicycle safety, you need to make sure you’re familiar with the local rules of the road wherever you are.

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Follow Bicycle Safety Rules of the Road

To minimize the chance of a bike crash, be sure to understand the local rules of the road. Pay attention to traffic patterns, street signs, and road markings and always be on the lookout for hazards on the road.

It’s best to plan your route in advance so that you’re not distracted during your ride by trying to figure out which way to go. Try to pick routes that have less vehicle traffic and lower speed limits for better bicycle safety. 

Here are the rules we want you to follow to avoid a Bike Accident or Bike Crash

 

We love biking, but we are also aware of the risks that may come with it. By following the rules of the road and making bike safety a priority you can reduce the chances of this happening.

The main types of bike crashes are falls and bike accidents that involve a collision with a car. To avoid falls, always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid listening to loud music that might prevent you from hearing a hazard and avoid going too fast on unfamiliar roads.

To avoid a bike crash with a car, make sure you are always as visible as possible by using lights and reflectors and following the rules of the road. Be especially careful in cities that are not cycling-friendly and thus have lower bicycle safety standards.

The Dos and Don’ts if You are a Beginner Cyclist

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When you’re new to cycling, you want to pay extra attention to bicycle safety to make sure you have a smooth and safe ride. There are some dos and don’ts for biking beginners to pay attention to, but all cyclists should remember certain elements of bike safety.

Do…

  • Wear a helmet that fits properly
  • Go with the flow (ride in the same direction as the traffic)
  • Learn the basics of bike maintenance and get your bike serviced regularly
  • Use reflectors, lights, and bright clothing to ensure you’re visible

Don’t…

  • Ride in busy traffic if you’re not ready
  • Forget to carry enough water and snacks to power yourself through a ride—you’re far more likely to make errors in judgement when tired and hungry
  • Ride under the influence of alcohol or anything else that may compromise your judgement

Bike Gear to Keep Your Hands Free and Safe During Your Bike Ride

Now that you know some bike safety statistics and some tips to avoid a bike crash, another thing you can do to ensure bike safety is to have the right gear!

There are a variety of frame and seat bags that make it simple to carry safety gear such as lights, an extra tube, tools, and whatever else you may need for your ride. Having a handy bag that lets you keep your personal items within reach while keeping your hands free is a great way to increase bicycle safety.

Ride safe out there!

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