Tips for Safe Bike Riding

Riding a bike is one of the best ways that you can stay active, explore your surroundings, save money on gas, and reduce your carbon footprint. These benefits have led many communities to create a more bike-friendly environment that everyone can enjoy. While many strides have been made toward improving safety conditions for riders, there are still steps you need to take to ensure you can ride safely. We’ve gathered some of the best safety tips to help you ride without trouble. If you’re looking for a great way to get started with biking, call The eBike Store today!

-The Risks of Riding

Before we start talking about how to ride safely, it’s important we explain the risks, — when you understand the risks you’re better equipped to avoid them. One of the biggest risks stems from sharing the road with cars. While more bike paths are popping up everywhere, in most areas you will predominantly be riding your bike on the shoulder of the road in a bike lane. You have to trust that the drivers passing you understand how to share the road safely, but injuries can still happen.
In fact, in 2015, bicycles were connected to more injuries across all age groups than skateboards, trampolines, swimming pools, and playground equipment combined. There are nearly 80 million bike riders sharing the road with cars and trucks, so the importance of safety precautions can’t be overstated. We want you to enjoy our favorite hobby for years to come, so let’s get started with our safety tips.

-Helmets Save Lives

When bikers wear a helmet, they reduce their risk of a head injury by an estimated 60 percent and brain injury by 58 percent. Due to the nature of most bike accidents, the rider is often thrown off head first. With just skin and bone to protect the brain, it’s easy for serious injuries to occur. This makes it imperative for you to find a helmet that meets federal safety standards and fits you securely.

-Bike Safety Rules and Precautions

  • Learn the traffic laws. When you share the road, you share the laws. Understanding them will help to prevent accidents caused by misunderstandings.
  • Know what your bike is capable of. Riding a cruiser through a rocky mountain pass is a sure way to crash.
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic.
  • Be aware of opening car doors and other hazards as you ride.
  • Use the correct hand signals and take extra caution when at intersections or making turns.
  • Never try to hitch onto the back of a car.
  • Before you enter traffic, come to a complete stop, look left, right, left again, and over your shoulder to ensure you enter safely.
  • Always wear bright clothing and try to keep your riding to the daytime.
  • If night riding is a necessity, wear reflective clothing and add lights and reflectors to your bike. Reflectors should be located on the rear, front, pedals, and spokes.
  • Additional accessories like a horn, bell, or rear-view mirror are also recommended.

-In The Event Of An Accident

If you do get in an accident, there are some steps you need to follow to ensure you don’t get into a worse situation. The first thing you need to do is get off the road, which will ensure you don’t suffer further injury. When talking with the driver, get their phone number along with the numbers of anyone who saw the accident. If you are injured and cannot record this information, ask a bystander to help. If at all possible, take a picture of the license plate, as well as the vehicle and scene of the accident. Include photos of your bike and any injuries you sustained. Once you have this recorded, call 911 and wait for the police to arrive to file an accident report.
Write out the details of the accident to ensure you have a record of what happened, when, and why. Hold off on repairing your bike and don’t throw away any broken equipment until the accident has been resolved. Take note of any after effects that resulted from the crash, like a headache or muscle pain. Consult with a personal injury lawyer that specializes in bike-related accidents if you were injured. Most of all, learn from the accident and take caution when you start riding again.

We absolutely adore riding our electric bikes, but we still understand that it carries a level of risk we have to account for. Follow these tips and stay safe out there.

For your electric bicycle needs, check out The eBike Store! Whether you visit us here in Portland or you take a look at our online store, we’d love to have you. Happy riding!

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