Bicycle Safety

Whether you’re riding you bike to school, to work, for exercise or just around town it is important to keep the essential safety measures in mind. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles”.

“Regardless of the season bicyclist deaths occur most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m….[and] most often in urban areas (71%) compared to rural areas (29%).”

As a biker you should follow the following steps given by NHTSA to ensure a safe ride:

  • Be Prepared
    • Ride a bike that fits you
    • Ensure the breaks are in optimal condition
    • Wear proper attire: helmet/bright clothing/reflectors
    • Ride one person per seat
    • plan your route
  • Drive defensively
    • Drive in the same direction as traffic
    • Obey street signs/signals
    • No texting
  • Drive Predictably
    • Watch for pedestrians
    • be prepared to stop
    • watch for cars backing out of driveways/turning

If you or someone you know is involved in a bicycle accident feel free to call our office at 618.462.1077. for a free consultation.