Cycling Safety This Spring

Spring has sprung!

And that means it’s time to hit the road…

Whether you’re a runner, a cyclist, or both, as you’re lacing up your sneakers to go for a run or hit the road on your bicycle, remember some important safety tips that can keep you out of harm’s way and allow you to enjoy your outdoor activities.

If you’re heading out for an early morning (or twilight) run, a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t wear headphones! Headphones can interfere with your awareness of your surroundings and can prevent you from recognizing potential safety hazards;
  • Run against traffic – it allows you to see on-coming traffic and can give you ample time to move out of the way if a motorist does not see you;
  • Look both ways before crossing the road;
  • Carry identification on your person in the event of an emergency;
  • Carry a cell phone whenever possible;
  • Run with a friend or your dog;
  • Tell someone the route you are planning to take;
  • Avoid unpopulated areas and areas that you are unfamiliar with; and
  • Wear reflective material so that vehicles can see you as they approach.

For those who prefer cycling, some rules to keep you safe:

  • Learn traffic laws – cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists;
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic and be vigilant for hazards;
  • Use hand signals when turning or maneuvering through intersections;
  • When approaching intersections, stop and look both ways as well as over your shoulder;
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective material at night so motorists can easily identify you;
  • Equip your bicycle with reflectors on the front and rear as well as the pedals and spokes; and last but not least,
  • Wear a helmet!!!

Whatever activity you choose this spring, use common-sense, take safety measures and be cautious to ensure that you stay safe in your pursuit of health and wellness.

 

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