Bicycle safety is pretty basic when there aren't too many cars around. However, when you take your bicycle into even a moderate-sized city, the rules change. Cars still rule the road there, and you need to know how to handle them safely because you better believe most cars don't know how to handle a cyclist on the road. To keep you safe on city roads, here are a few rules to follow.
Give Every Parked Car Its Door Zone
Even if it looks like it has been parked for hours, that door could still swing open just as you are cruising by. When cycling by parked cars, be sure to give each and every one its door zone. The habit will save you a nasty bike accident one day.
Follow Vehicle Rules
You may not have a motor under you, but there are some traffic laws that bicycles need to follow too. This includes stopping at red lights, pausing at stop signs, and still giving pedestrians on crosswalks the right of way. By following these rules, it takes a lot of thinking out of the equation, makes things safer for all parties, and, well, it's the law!
Watch for the Left Cross and Right Cross
These are the two most common accident zones at an intersection and you need to know how to deal with them. The Right Cross happens at an intersection where you are going straight, but a car is turning right without waiting for you. Be prepared to look behind you to check for cars turning right as you can be assured they won't be paying you any attention.
The Left Cross is in a similar situation where the car across the way is going to turn left when you are going straight. You have the right away, but motorists don't see you as a car.
No Lights at Night, No Ride
Cities may be brighter than country roads, but not every motorist will be able to see your bike at night without lights. If you don't have lights on your bike, you might just want to take a cab.
Even if you follow these rules, accidents happen. If you have been the victim of a cycling accident, the Law Offices of Gary Bustin may be able to help you. Contact us today.