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Common Sense Bicycle Safety Strategies Worth Considering

September 17, 2014 Hastings and Hastings

Common Sense Bicycle Safety Strategies Worth Considering

Bicycles are a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors and get exercise at the same time. However, there are times when bicycles can be subjected to the hazards and dangers of sharing the road with motor vehicles. With that said, there are some easy commonsense strategies with regard to bicycle safety that can reduce the chances of being hurt or injured while riding a bicycle. In fact, something as simple as obeying traffic signs and traffic rules can greatly increase overall safety.

Oncoming Traffic

In many states the laws require that bicyclists abide by the rules of the road just as any other vehicle. Knowing the rules in your particular state will ensure that you remain legal and always stay safe. One important commonsense strategy with regard to bicycle safety is to never ride a bicycle against the traffic or into oncoming traffic. A more commonsense strategy is to ride a bicycle like any other vehicle and move with the flow of traffic. Riding on the wrong side of the road can result in an accident or injury.

Follow The Rules Of The Road

Keeping this simple fact in mind it is also important to abide by lane markings on roads and streets. Avoid turning from one lane into a different lane in violation of established markings. Along the same lines it is never advisable to ride straight ahead in a lane that is marked as a turn lane. In the simplest of terms the more a bicyclist follows the rules of the road that are intended for cars, trucks and motorcycles the less likely they will be involved in some type of unfortunate accident.

Allow Increased Distance For Stopping

Finally, those riding a bicycle on the streets and roads of Arizona should always keep their hands on the brakes ready to make a stop when necessary. In addition, when it is raining or the roads are slick it is important to allow increased distance for stopping. As with other types of vehicles, braking capabilities can be reduced in certain circumstances. As an added note, continually scanning the road ahead and behind by looking back over one’s shoulder can also improve overall spatial awareness when riding a bicycle. Contact Hastings and Hastings for Phoenix personal injury attorney related services if you have been injured while riding a bicycle.