There is a reason that you hear about bicycling accidents in the city so often. It is because road cycling is one of the most dangerous things a cyclist can do. The honest truth is that very few drivers know how to deal with sharing the road with a cyclist, and it is that lack of knowledge that gets cyclists hurt. While drivers should work to educate themselves, so, too, must cyclists work to prevent accidents. Before even getting on the road, you should be a master of these three skills.
Riding a Straight Line
It sounds like common sense, but we have all had to ride behind that sloppy and unpredictable cyclist at some point. You don’t want to bethe cyclist in the bike lane that is weaving all over the place not only because it can weave you into traffic, but it puts other cyclists at risk of hitting you.
Looking Back Without Curving
You know how sometimes when you look back your entire bike moves with you? Well, when you are one slight swerve from being in front of a car, you definitely can’t let that happen. It requires some practice, but you need to know how to observe your surroundings without causing your bike to veer in any direction.
It is easy (and super fun) to pick up speed on a bicycle, but when you are riding a busy road, you need to focus on being able to stop quickly and safely avoid any obstacles. You better believe you will have something unexpected happen almost every time you get out there, too.
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