Tips for New Cycling Commuters

You know what they say, the first step to making a change is to actually do it. While sharing the road with cars on a bicycle as well as the extra effort it takes to commute on a bicycle that actively engages your body puts many people off, if you have decided to take the leap, you have decided on a great life change. However, if you are preparing for your first bicycle commute or even your hundredth, you can benefit from a few tips.

Plan Ahead

Not every city is bicycle friendly everywhere you go. This is why it benefits many to plan ahead before getting on the road for a morning rush hour. If you can take a route with bike lanes, it will greatly increase your cycling confidence as well as your road safety, even if it adds a little distance to your commute. Break out those city maps and find a route that works for you.

Read Up on Traffic Laws

You know your traffic laws for cars, and they are very similar for bicycles. However, knowing to bike in the direction of traffic and that you still need to come to a complete stop at red lights in many states will help keep you safe. Not only this, but when you do get in a car, you will be more aware of cyclists and what they have to deal with, so it will help prevent accidents.

Know Hand Signals

Being a predictable cyclist makes everyone a little safer. If you have to turn or otherwise move, be sure to signal so everyone involved knows what you are doing. This includes both cars as well as other cyclists that may be around you.

Find a Riding Buddy

The best way for a new cyclist to learn is to learn from someone more experienced. With the widespread reach of social media, even small towns may have cyclist groups that you can join on the commute. This can help ease the transition from car to bike.


You never forget how to ride a bike, but if it has been awhile, you may forget how to ride a bike well. One of the most crucial things is to practice is your start from a dead stop. If you are wobbly, you need to work on it first before going out into traffic.

While these tips will help you start bicycling as a commuter, accidents might happen. However, cars have to share the road with cyclists. So if you have been in a bicycle accident and need representation, contact us today.

How to Ride Safely Around Pedestrians

For the majority of commuting cyclists, motor vehicles are the real danger. However, there are many times where cyclists are put at odds with pedestrians as well. While a crash with a pedestrian isn’t quite as dramatic, unlike with an automobile, both the cyclist and the pedestrian can get injured pretty badly. This is why it is important to know how to ride around pedestrians safely.

In many states, it is illegal to ride your bicycle on sidewalks, but even where it is allowed, it is not advised. Even when riding through the door zone, you are not quite exposed to hazards as frequently as you are on the side walk.

However, there are times when riding around pedestrians is unavoidable. Typically, the key is to go slowly while still being able to ride efficiently, and if you need to go by a pedestrian, ride behind them, not in front. When shocked suddenly, it is our first instinct to jump forward. This means if you jet out in front of a pedestrian, they may accidentally end up in your path. By going behind them, they will safely put themselves out of your path. So even if you are moving at a decent speed, there is less of a chance that you will hit a pedestrian if you move behind them.

Even if you are the master student of bicycle safety, accidents happen. It is just the very nature of the world. So even if you ride around pedestrians frequently and think you know everything about staying safe, you will probably get into an accident one day. However, if you need legal representation for your accident, contact us. The Law Office of Gary Brustin is dedicated to representing cyclists.