In the wake of the global pandemic, many people are looking for ways to avoid crowded public transportation and are looking to the bicycle as their new go-to way to get around. Cycling is a great, environmentally-friendly, socially distancing way to get to where you need to go, but it can also lead to road accidents. Here are some tips to make sure that you are as safe as possible when you opt to pedal your way through the city.
Wear a Helmet
This one is obvious (and legally mandatory). Wear a helmet every time you ride your bike. It could prevent a traumatic brain injury or even save your life!
Making sure that you are easy for drivers to see is one of the most important things that you can do for bicycle safety. Wear bright colours and hi-vis accessories to stay visible and use lights at night.
Leave Space for Car Doors
One of the most common ways that cyclists get hurt on the road is what is commonly referred to as “dooring.” This is when the door of a parked car swings open unexpectedly into a cyclist’s path and hits them. The best way to prevent this type of injury is to always maintain enough space between yourself and any parked cars so that a sudden open door will not reach you as you are cycling.
Give Yourself Extra Time
It is a good idea to plan to leave a little earlier than you need to in order to get to your destination on time. This gives you a buffer in case there is any delay and will prevent rushing and being tempted to ride in an unsafe manner in order to be on time.
If you have been in a cycling-related road accident and think you might be eligible for compensation, speak to one of our lawyers today.