It’s springtime in Atlanta, and you may see more people getting out and about this season. Although we enjoy good weather for bicycling pretty much year-round, you may be more motivated to get out on your bike this time of year. If you do go biking – whether you are commuting or enjoying a weekend ride – please keep these safety tips in mind:
- Be visible. Using a front and rear light is an important way for motorists to see you. It may be a good idea to have these lights turned on any time you are riding. They are essential at dusk, dawn, and in other low-light situations.
- Wear vibrantly colored clothing. Lights are important, but so too is the clothing you wear. Choose a bright shirt, jacket, backpack, pants, and/or other articles so that you stand out to motorists.
- Signal your intentions and be predictable. Use hand signals to indicate turns. Make eye contact with motorists when safe to do so, when you want to be sure that they see you. Ride in a way that people expect: stay on the right side of the road until you need to make a left turn. Ride in a straight line. Don’t veer or turn suddenly in front of someone.
- Wear a helmet. A helmet can save your life! It can also prevent severe and serious brain injury and head trauma. Wear a helmet anytime you ride your bike.
- Be prepared for springtime weather. Rain storms can roll in quickly. Check the forecast before a bike ride and plan accordingly. Pack a rain layer if there is a chance of rain, and don’t forget protection from the sun.
- Don’t use headphones. You want to keep your ears open to your surroundings. Wearing headphones while riding your bike is dangerous.
- Don’t ride in the dark if you can avoid it. It’s generally unsafe because it is much more difficult for motorists to see you at night, and for you to see hazards on the roadway.
Like all things in life, safety can’t be guaranteed even when you follow these safety measures exactly. But these safety measures can dramatically reduce your risk of a bicycle accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident in Atlanta or the surrounding areas, experienced personal injury attorney Laurie Robbins is here to help. For a complimentary, no-obligation case review, please call Laurie Robbins at 404-252-8117.