Share the Road Safely this National Bike Month

National Bike Month shines a light on the joys and benefits of bicycling. Yet, with over 900 bicyclist deaths in 2021 (according to the NHTSA) due to collisions with vehicles, safety remains paramount . This month, let’s focus on mutual respect and safety measures that protect everyone on the road.

For Cyclists:

  • Light Up: Always use lights and reflectors at night. Visibility can save your life.
  • Signal Intentions: Use hand signals to indicate turns and stops. The graphic on the right shows what each hand signal looks like and what they mean. Clear communication prevents accidents.
  • Wear Helmets: A helmet can dramatically reduce the risk of head injuries. Make sure it fits well.
  • Stay Alert: Keep an eye out for cars, pedestrians, and obstacles. Avoid using headphones.
  • Follow Rules: Obey traffic signs and signals. Ride in the direction of traffic to reduce collision risks.

For Drivers:

  • Give Space: Maintain at least three feet of clearance when passing cyclists. More space is better.
  • Check Mirrors: Always look for cyclists before opening doors or making turns.
  • Slow Down: Reduce speed when sharing the road with bicyclists, especially in poor weather.
  • Be Patient: Wait for a safe moment to pass cyclists. Rushing can lead to mistakes.
  • Stay Alert: Avoid distractions and always expect cyclists, especially in urban areas.

By following these tips, both cyclists and drivers can contribute to a safer environment during National Bike Month and beyond. Let’s all commit to being more vigilant and respectful on the road. Remember, safety is a shared responsibility. Together, we can prevent accidents and ensure that everyone reaches their destination safely. Let’s make this National Bike Month the safest one yet. But if you find yourself injured after a bicycle accident, contact us to start evaluating your case today.