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Risk of Bicycling Accidents Increases During Summer

Summer is when ERs around California work at full capacity, and many of those cases involve bicycle accidents. There are more people out riding during summer, including adults as well as children, and the volume of motor vehicle traffic also increases during this time. That creates ideal conditions for accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles.

Bicyclists must be extra cautious during the summer months, simply because there are more numbers of motorists sharing the roads with them. Be a smart bicyclist, and always wear a helmet while riding.

Be aware of all traffic safety laws, and adhere to these rules stringently.

Ride in bike-only lanes or bike paths, as much as possible and when these are available. Ride in the direction or flow of traffic.

Avoid riding on sidewalks. Sidewalks are meant for pedestrians, and bicyclists only increase the risks of an accident involving a pedestrian when they ride on a sidewalk.

Wear brightly – colored clothing to make yourself visible to motorists around you.

Avoid bicycling at night as much as possible. If you are bicycling at night, wear reflective clothes or stick reflective tape on your bicycle, your clothes, helmet and other gear.

Avoid bicycling on highways.

Be extra cautious when you are nearing a parking lot or driveway. Motorists who are backing out may not bother to look out for you.

Be extra cautious when you’re riding anywhere near an intersection.

Keep sufficient distance between your bicycle and a parked car to avoid having a passenger open the car door right in the path of your bicycle. These are some of the most serious accidents, and end in severe injuries, but many bicyclists fail to appreciate how dangerous these situations can be.

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