Top Ways to Stay Visible While Cycling
No matter what level you’re at, whether you are a beginner or an avid cyclist, the most important thing for any cyclist to do before he or she heads out is to make sure that their ride is as safe as possible. One of the most important things you can do as a cyclist is to make sure you stand out as much as possible, especially if you cycling alongside the road. Here are some of the top ways to stay visible while cycling:
Be Predictable: By cycling in a predictable manner, you will be more likely to be seen by passing motorists. That means that you should be abiding by all of your local traffic laws, not weaving in and out of traffic and not making any sudden or last minute movements.
Lighten Up: Simple, right? The more you stand out, the more likely that passing cars will see you, duh. The easiest step you can do is to wear bright and fluorescent clothing. Colors like orange, yellow and pink will really make you stand out. If you wear colors like blue and black, you’re more likely to blend in with your surroundings. Add reflectors to your bicycle and helmet (which you should always be wearing). These will add another layer of visibility and safety.
Cycle in Well Lit Areas: This is especially important if you like to prefer to cycle late at night after work or early in the morning sunrise. Stick to main roads and commercialized areas. They will have plenty of lighting and you will be more likely to be seen. Back roads with less lighting may make it harder to cars to see you until they are close.
Use Hand signals: Telling people where you are going can help reduce your risk of an accident. Instead of using traditional hand signals, point where you are going. Traditional hand signals may be easy to use in-group rides, but a car passing may not understand what your signal is referring to. The traditional hand signal is putting your left hand up, which can be confusing to motorists. Pointing to where you are going will cut down on any confusion.
Cycle in a Group: The more people you are with, the more likely you’ll be seen. Not only will you stand out more, but it’s a fact that people who work out with a partner or a group exercise longer than those who workout by themselves.
Even taking the smallest measures like wearing a bright shirt or attaching a flashlight to your bicycle if you are at night can go a really long way into making you are as safe as possible. When this is all said and done now you can focus on another very important thing: getting a great workout in.
This article was created Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally!