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Top Safety Tips for Cyclists

California offers many beautiful and scenic bicycle routes. Bicycles are an excellent way to get exercise. They also offer a profound sense of freedom and autonomy.

Whether you are a casual cyclist or a dedicated enthusiast, bicycles provide a sense of adventure. 

However, bicycles can also be dangerous. Bicycle accidents result in injuries for many Californians each year. 

If you have been hurt because of another person’s negligence or carelessness, you have the right to pursue compensation. Speak with a trusted attorney as soon as possible following a bicycle accident. 

Below, we will examine some of the most useful safety tips for cyclists.

Choose the Right Bike 

Staying safe while bicycling is impossible without appropriate equipment. Be sure that your bike is well maintained, so that you can be as safe as possible.

Choosing a bike that fits your body is crucial. If your bicycle is too big or too small, it will be difficult to control. This will make accidents and collisions more likely. 

The top tube on your bike should be around 3 centimeters above your inseam. This measurement is called the “standover height” of the bike.

There is a recommended method for finding a bicycle with an appropriate length. Take the sum of your torso and arms, divide the number by two, and subtract fifteen centimeters.

These are only recommendations. The most important factor to consider is your own comfort and your ability to maneuver the bike. 

Choose the Right Safety Equipment

Obviously, protective equipment is incredibly important for safe rides. The following types of equipment are essential for staying as safe as possible: 

Helmet

A bicycle helmet is the most standard and important piece of safety gear. Helmets can prevent some injuries and decrease the severity of others.

Some research suggests that wearing a bicycle helmet decreases the risk of a head injury by nearly half. Helmets save the lives of many cyclists each year.

Light-Colored and Reflective Clothing

It is crucial to make yourself as visible as possible when bicycling. Many accidents and injuries are the result of drivers being unaware of the cyclists with whom they are sharing the road. 

Do your best to make yourself noticeable to the surrounding traffic by wearing bright clothing. You should also wear reflective materials to alert vehicles to your presence.

Reflective Tape

While reflective clothing is helpful, it is also useful to put reflective tape on your bicycle. Reflective tape can be placed on your bike’s top tube and pedals. 

The more reflective surfaces you have on your bicycle, the better. Many motorists are not accustomed to looking for cyclists. Using reflective surfaces in the bright California sun will ensure that you are as visible as possible.

Practice Defensive Riding

Bicyclists are very vulnerable on the busy roads in California. Bicycles do not offer the array of safety features found in passenger vehicles.

This is why bicycle accidents have the potential to result in life-changing and catastrophic injuries. It is vital for riders to practice defensive cycling when they are sharing roadways with other kinds of traffic. 

Take the following steps:

  • Always remain alert and aware of your surroundings 
  • Do not assume that a vehicle will yield to you
  • Be ready to change course or stop quickly, if necessary

These defensive biking strategies will help you to avoid danger and prevent accidents.  

Be Prepared for Emergencies 

No one can prepare for every circumstance. Still, it is essential to plan for emergencies as much as possible.

Before you begin traveling on your bicycle, take the following basic precautions:

Charge Your Phone

A cell phone is indispensable for cyclists. If an emergency occurs, you may need to call for assistance. If you become disoriented, your phone can help you find your way.

Keep Cash and Identification

Many situations require you to have your ID. In the same way that you should not drive without some form of identification, you should take your ID when you ride. 

Carry a small amount of cash on bicycle trips. There are many emergency situations in which cash can be useful. 

Carry Water

The California heat can be challenging, especially if you are biking a long distance. Make sure to carry plenty of water. This will help you to avoid dehydration.

Keep these safety tips in mind to ensure that you have the best bicycle rides possible.

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