The weather is getting warmer, and people want to be outside as much as possible. Physical activity is essential for one’s health and should be a part of everyone’s daily routine. Cycling is one of the best forms of exercise, while also reducing your carbon footprint.
To prevent injury and ensure the safety of yourself and others, here is a list of ways to stay safe biking this summer.
Check Your Equipment
Inspecting your bike is vital to ensuring your safety during a ride. Unlike cars, bicycles do not have safety sensors or lights to indicate an issue. Therefore, it is up to you to inspect your bike before taking off. Before your next ride:
- Make sure your seat is adjusted to your preferred height and ensure the seat is locked in place.
- Check each part of your bike to ensure all parts are secure and functioning correctly.
- Check that the tires are adequately inflated.
- Ensure your bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals, and spokes.
- Consider a horn or bell, rear-view mirror, and bright headlight for added safety.
As a bicyclist, making yourself seen is one of the most important aspects of ensuring your safety on the road. Avoid dark colours and choose neon and bright colours instead so that other pedestrians and drivers can see you coming. Consider the time of day you plan on going for a ride. The safest time to ride is during the day since you are more visible in broad daylight. If you prefer riding at night, wear reflective clothing and use flashlights.
Wear a Helmet
Everyone should wear helmets. Adults and children should prioritize wearing a helmet for their safety on the road, regardless of the length of the ride or where you are riding. Ensure your helmet is appropriate for biking and is a certified safety product. To ensure your helmet meets the necessary safety requirements, consider following these guidelines:
- Adjust the side pads or fit ring until the helmet is snug.
- Position the helmet level on your head, covering the forehead. Keep the helmet straight, not tipped back or forward.
- The helmet should not rock more than 1-inch side to side or front to back on your head when fitted.
- Secure the chip strap in the center under your chin.
Follow the Rules of the Road
As with any pedestrian, you are required to follow the rules of the road. Your safety is a priority. Here is a list of things you should be doing while biking on main roads or neighbourhoods:
- Ride single file in the direction of traffic.
- Remain alert, avoid distractions, keep your head up, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards.
- Use hand signals when turning and pay attention at intersections.
- Never hitch onto cars.
- Always look before you turn.
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