Trading in four wheels for two is one of the most sustainable options you can make! It’s well-known that bicycles rule the sustainable transportation kingdom as they improve health and provide efficient transportation with zero fuel consumption and zero carbon emissions. However, riding a bicycle is not without its injury risks. BikePGH, a proud 2017 sponsor of #PghEarthDay, wants to make sure that every time a cyclist’s foot touches their pedal, they keep in mind the following safety tips:
WEAR A HELMET
Of the thousands of fatalities that occur each year from bicycling and motorcycle riding, more than 75% of fatalities and more than 85% of all bike-related injuries can be prevented if riders wear helmets. Bike helmets and motorcycle helmets can also prevent life changing head injuries.
Check Your Bicycle
Before taking your bike for a ride, check your wheels and brakes. Also ensure that your seat is at a comfortable riding level.
Avoid drivers’ blind spots. The more visible you are, the less likely a moving vehicle is to hit you!
As with driving a vehicle, keep your eyes on the road! Avoid checking any electronic devices and keep both hands on your handlebars at all times.
Act Like a Car & Obey All Traffic Laws/Lights
Go with the flow of traffic and ride predictably. Always obey street signs, traffic lights, and traffic laws to ensure everyone’s safety on the road.
Cycling At Night
When cycling at night, utilize bicycle reflectors and reflective clothing to ensure other vehiclists/cyclists are aware of your presence. Although your gear may need to change for night riding, the rest of the safety tips above still apply!