Cycle in safety

Posted on: 12 April 2019 by Editor at Large

With the return of longer daylight hours and warmer, dryer weather many recreational cyclists will be heading out on the roads again. Here are our top 10 things you need to know for a safe ride.

cycling safety tips

With the recreational cycling season in full swing, here are the top 10 things you need to know for a safe ride.

1. It’s the parked cars that get you

More accidents occur from car doors opening than any other accident. Be extra careful when cruising through small towns.

2. Dogs do chase bikes

If you can’t outrun the dog, it’s best to get off, remain still and keep your bike in between the dog and you. By not moving, the dog regards you as less of a threat and the owner usually comes to the rescue.

3. Children should never ride in traffic

Websites like www.pedaling.com identify family rides that have no traffic. The site also allows you to choose your ride by preferred amount of traffic.

4. Always wear a helmet and make certain it fits

Sites like www.helmets.org tell you everything you need to know about choosing a helmet.

5. Use a rearview mirror

Not just a convenience. It’s a necessity. When attached to a helmet, use a breakaway mount.

6. Wear biking gloves

Padded gloves protect your hands if you fall or hit a big bump.

7. Put sunscreen on the back of neck

This is the most frequent place people burn.

8. Ride with the traffic

The safest place to be is the right side of the road on the shoulder or as close to the edge as possible.

9. Ride single file

Do not ride two or three across.

10. Carry water 

Dehydration is common in cycling.

Follow these simple tips and you'll be free to enjoy your cycling knowing that you've taken all the necessary steps to protect yourself, and above all, have fun!

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