Austin has a reputation for being a bike friendly city. We have more than 150 miles of bike lanes and almost year-round perfect weather for cycling. Bicycling.com even named us as one of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in 2012. But for all the city does to make cyclists feel comfortable, there were three cyclist/automobile fatalities and numerous collisions last year. Want to know how to be safer while riding your bike? Below, we offer six tips for safer biking:
1. Obey the rules. Remember, you’re subject to the same rules as cars. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals, follow lane markings and ride on the right side of the road, just like automobile drivers.
2. Keep both hands ready to brake. Stopping in time can mean the difference between an accident and no accident. Use both hands to brake so your braking will be more efficient.
3. Make eye contact with drivers. Assume that most drivers won’t see your bicycle. By making eye contact with other drivers, you can know that they see you and you’ll be less likely to be involved in an accident.
4. Use lights at night. Make sure you don’t blend into the dark at night by using bicycle lights. For less than $20, you can buy a set of bike lights and help drivers see you at night.
5. Don’t ride with headphones. You need to be able to hear everything going on around you, so skip the headphones.
6. Wear a helmet. If you do get into an accident, a helmet can save you from brain injury or even death. Buy a good helmet and wear it every time you ride your bike.
If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident because of a driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the McMinn Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.