Improved weather presents a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and go for a bike ride, however those who are considering dusting off their old bikes and hitting the road should keep some important advice in mind in order to remain safe. Firstly, pick a bike helmet that fits properly. Check the bike helmets of any friends, children, or relatives who are biking with you to help make sure they’re adjusted properly, as well. A child might not fit into their current helmet, for instance, or they may have outgrown their bikes as well. Make sure to inflate the bike’s tires properly as well as check their brakes, lube chains, and check that all parts are in working condition before taking a bike ride. Those riding a bike must also be dressed properly, including wearing bright, and neon colors that can be spotted better. Always wear safety gear such as lights, markings, or tape that can help you become more visible to those around you. Put on sunglasses or clear bike glasses so a rider can see obstacles clearly in sunny or windy conditions, as well. The NYC Department of Planning recently provided safety advice which may include using hand signals and avoiding road hazards to ride more safely in traffic.
Bike riders must also obey all traffic regulations and stay careful whenever in these intersections. Cyclists must also make sure to use hand signals whenever at turns and stops, as check over their shoulder for any traffic. Keep both hands ready to brake at all times, since bicyclists should also leave plenty of room to break, especially during rainy conditions. Bicyclists should also keep a look-out for any potential hazards, which may include potholes, construction plates, and sewer grates to avoid losing control and falling. Keep eye contact with motorists to make sure they are aware of you. Look over your shoulder or use a mirror continuously to look for any possible hazards. Parked car doors can also open in front of you, so be observant of a driver who may be inside their car. Continue to bike in a straight line and stay three feet away from all parked vehicles. Check your bike to make sure it is kept in good condition at all times, and remain on designated pathways, according to news reports.
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