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Bicycle Safety Tips for Night Riding

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and also offers transportation that is good for the environment. If you ride your bike to work, there is a good chance you have to ride at night, at least during certain parts of the year.

Bicycle safety is incredibly important but cycle safety at night is a must. It will be more difficult for cars to see you after dusk and you need to be proactive about your safety. There are other dangers when riding after dark, aside from vehicles, also.

Here are some important bicycle safety tips for night riding:

  • Don't ride alone if you can help it.
  • use bike lights on the front and rear of your bike.
  • Be sure someone knows where you are.
  • Use reflective gear on your bike.
  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Ride on a lighted bike path when there is one available.
  • Wear clear cycling glasses or safety glasses.
  • Go slow and be prepared for unexpected obstacles and even bumps in the road.
  • Add reflective tape to you and your bike.
  • Slow down. You may be experienced and fit enough to ride fast during the day but just like driving a vehicle at night, you should slow your bike's speed when the sun goes down.

These are just a few basic tips to help prepare you for night riding your bike. You should always plan ahead, have the right bike and the right equipment for doing so.

Now that you have these tips, you are better prepared for riding safely at night. If you have other questions about bicycle safety or bicycle law, contact us today.


Stronger Restrictions on Nighttime Driving May Lower Teen Accident Risks

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Some of the biggest risks for California bicyclists involve teen drivers. This is a high-risk category of motorists, and teenagers because of their lower experience, susceptibility to peer pressure, and delusions of invincibility, are more likely to cause bicycle accidents.

The risk of a bicycle accident involving a teen motorist is much higher, when a bicyclist is out at night. New research indicates that when there are stronger restrictions on nighttime driving for teen drivers, the risks of a teen driver accident drop.

The study was based in Massachusetts, and found that when stronger rules for nighttime driving by teen drivers were enacted, there was a drop in serious accident rates. In Massachusetts, in 2007, new regulations imposed severe penalties for unsupervised nighttime driving for teenage drivers between ages 16 and 17. When the researchers analyzed the data, they found that accident rates involving teenage drivers of this age group actually fell by 40% after the new rules were enacted. Overall, they found that there was a 19% drop in all types of accidents involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 17. Overall, these drivers were involved in approximately 29% lower nighttime accidents after the new rules came into effect.

As a bicyclist, you can reduce your risks of an accident at night, by simply avoiding riding after dark. If you have to ride at night, take precautions. You are less visible at night, so stick reflective tape on your clothes, helmet and bicycle to make sure that you are visible to motorists. Avoid riding at night wearing all-black clothing, and without bothering to make yourself visible. Make no mistake-your risk of being involved in an accident is much higher when you're riding at night. If you were involved in an accident, consult a California bicycle accident lawyer for help filing a claim.


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