Friday, July 4, 2014

Night Riding: Bike Safety Tips

If you properly equip yourself, riding your bike at night can be a reasonably safe activity. Here are a few tips to help minimize the risk of injury while riding at night.

Light up your bike. 
Bright headlights and bright tail lights are a must - have for night rides. Reflectors alone are not sufficient.  It is important to have at least one bright white light on the front of your bike and one bright red light on the back of your bike.  Lights that blink are best because they are more likely to get the attention of a motorist that may otherwise not notice you.

Make some noise.
Get a bike bell. It will help keep you safe and increase the safety of other bike riders, pedestrians and motorists. Also, it will give you a "ringtone" for your ride.

Use Reflectors.
The National Safety Council recommends installing a white front reflector, a red rear reflector, a colorless or red spoke reflector on the rear wheel, a colorless or amber reflector on the front wheel and pedal reflectors. You can also wear reflective ankle and leg bands, and put reflective tape on your bike's fenders and frame.

Dress to be seen. 
Reflectors and lights are just not enough. As a cyclist, you must maximize your ability to be seen by car drivers.  Retro-reflective, bright-colored clothing is designed to bounce back a motorist's headlights beams and make your more visible on the road.

Protect your head.

Use familiar routes and obey traffic rules.
It's safest to use routes to you know on well - lit streets. If you're headed to a new destination, map your route first to help you avoid getting lost in an unfamiliar place.

Know your bike. 
It is important to know what your steed is capable of and what it is not. Your bike is a lot smaller than a car and it will not be as fast as a car. However, your bike can stop faster, move through smaller spaces and change direction with more ease than a car.

All of these tips will let motorists know when you're coming and when you're going. There is no limit to the exercise and fun gained from bicycling. Putting safety first will give you safer rides with greater peace of mind.

There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C

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