Biking Safely in the Big City
Across the country, major cities are adopting strategic plans to accommodate more and more bicycle traffic and thereby alleviate congestion, pollution, and noise from automobiles. Norfolk, Raleigh, and Charlotte are just three of the cities we serve that are actively encouraging residents of all ages to ride bicycles as part of a healthy lifestyle. Cities are creating bike lanes and redesigning intersections to improve safety. But on streets where the car has been king, cyclists must still ride defensively.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind, so you can bike safely in your city:
- Wear a helmet
- Wear bright colors to increase you visibility
- Do not wear headphones; you need your ears to check for traffic
- Choose routes with less motor vehicle traffic
- Observe all traffic signs and signals
- Ride on the right side of the lane in the same direction as traffic
- Use hand signals to alert drivers of a turn or stop
- If riding with other cyclists, form a single file
- On wide streets without bike lanes, get as far to the right as possible
- On narrow streets without bike lanes, ride farther left to discourage cars from passing too closely at too high a speed, but yield to approaching cars, so they can pass and keep traffic flowing
- When riding along streets with parked cars, ride to the left to stay out of the “door zone”
- Do not weave in and out of the empty spaces between parked cars
- Be alert to hazards such as drainage grates, potholes, debris, and other obstacles
- Yield to right-turning cars that move into the bike lane
- Use a headlight when riding at night
Riding a bike should be relaxing and enjoyable, but cyclists must be vigilant. When you ride, your body is exposed to contact with motor vehicles and secondary impacts with the surface of the road, sidewalk or curb.
Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban wishes you safe and enjoyable biking.
If you have been hurt in an auto accident while biking in Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina, you can trust Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban to fight for your rights. Call us at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.