Choosing to cycle to work instead of taking the car can be a great way to stay healthy and reduce your carbon emissions at the same time.
The problem that cyclists, both new and seasoned alike, have with being on the roads is that it can often be dangerous. You’re sharing the road with cars and trucks that are much bigger and faster than you which can make it difficult to see you.
There are some simple things you can do to protect yourself while out on your bike.
1. Wear a helmet
It sounds simple but wearing a helmet when you cycle can save your life, especially when you’re on the road with vehicles that weigh a few thousand pounds. When almost three-quarters of bicycle-related death comes from a head injury, it only makes sense to be sure to protect yourself.
2. Use signals when you make turns
Let other road users know where you’re going by using signals. Being fully familiar with bike hand signals helps you to communicate your intentions to other drivers. Be clear and give as much advance warning as possible before you make a maneuver.
3. Ride as if you’re driving a car
Riding your bike as if you’re just another driver on the road can help to avoid accidents. If you think like you’re driving a car, you’ll ride like you are, too. This means adhering to signals and lanes like other road users and being sure to follow the normal flow of traffic. Stay off the sidewalks and use designated cycle lanes wherever these are available.
If you’ve been injured while out on your bicycle by another road user and are suffering from injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.