If you live in or around San Diego, you’re well aware of just how many people enjoy bicycling. Some people use this as their primary mode of transportation. Others do so for the health benefits and environmentally conscious benefits.
Regardless of why you jump on your bike, it’s critical that you keep a few safety tips in mind. This is particularly true when dealing with congested roadways. Here’s what you should do:
- Be aware of your surroundings: You must know what’s happening around you at all times. This holds true of motor vehicles, other bicyclists, pedestrians and changes regarding the rules of the road.
- Use the bike lane: If there’s a dedicated bike lane, spend as much time here as you can. It’s much safer to ride here than on a sidewalk or in traffic. Just make sure you don’t get too comfortable, as it can still be dangerous.
- Watch for opening doors: You’re paying so much attention to moving vehicles that you overlook those that have pulled to the side of the road. Should someone open a door into your lane of travel, a direct collision is possible. The impact can be just as serious as a run-in with a moving vehicle.
- Use hand signals: You want to give those around you a clear idea of what you’re doing. So, any time you’re making a turn or slowing down, use a hand signal to alert drivers and other bicyclists.
- Follow the rules of the road: Don’t be one of those bicyclists that believe the rules of the road don’t apply to them. If there’s a stop sign or red light, stop. If there’s a yield sign, proceed with caution. This keeps you and others on the road safe.
When you do these things, you’ll feel better about your ability to bicycle safely on congested roadways.
Unfortunately, even the safest cyclists can find themselves injured in an accident. If this happens, such as the result of a car striking you, your health is top priority. Call for help or ask a bystander to assist you.
After you’re assessed, understand your prognosis and have a treatment plan in place, you can then seek information on the cause of the accident and consider your legal rights.