The traffic lights! The jaywalkers! How about those speeding taxis and the UPS trucks blocking the bike lanes? According to data from the US Department of Transportation, 70% of fatal bicycle crashes occurred in an urban setting. So, what’s a city cyclist to do?
First, step into the shoes of the average motorist. Every city has DMV guidelines regarding the rules of the road. It’s a good idea to review the rules that vehicle drivers must adhere to when encountering a cyclist so that you understand how they view bike riders. On the other hand, do you know the traffic rules for bicyclists and how they must interact with vehicle drivers?
Never assume that a vehicle driver has your back! Cycle with caution and take precautionary measures before setting off on a city trek, especially at night. Below, are useful tips to keep you safe whenever you’re cycling in the city:
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Reflective apparel, special safety equipment that keeps you visible, tracking apps, identifying wrist bands or apparel, horns, a cell phone bike mount and other measures will ensure your safety while you enjoy the fascinating sights, sounds, and unique thrill of cycling in the city.
Stay safe, and be sure to check out this useful video before heading off on your next city biking adventure: How to Bike in the City (tips for the bicycle curious)
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