Does anyone else have a serious case of spring fever this year? After the polar vortex record-setting frigid temperatures and the piles of snow and ice, it is no wonder we are all ready to shake off the winter and run straight into spring. As you start your spring cleaning and summer travel plans, don’t forget to dust off your safety knowledge about a popular activity for the season: bicycling.
Tune It Up
Before anyone in your family jumps on their bike, take the time to tune it up. Head to your local bike shop for a quick review of the brakes, chains, wheel pressure, and handlebars. It’s well worth the investment to assure your bike is solid and prepared for another season of driving.
Get the Gear
As you tune up your bike, be sure you do a quick review of your gear as well. Adults and kids should wear helmets while riding, no matter what. Helmets can significantly reduce the chance for traumatic brain injury due to a crash or accident and should be non-negotiable in your household. New riders in your home, like your kids, may also benefit from the confidence a few elbow pads bring.
You can also assure safety by buying reflective stickers to put on your bike and on your riding clothing or shoes. A blinking headlight is also a wonderful option if you bike at dusk, the early morning, or in the evening hours. This can increase the chances of a fast moving car seeing you and slowing down. While you are double checking your gear, don’t forget a bike lock to reduce the chances of someone taking off with your newly tuned up bike.
Watch for Cars
Remember, car drivers are not always vigilant for bicycles, especially in the spring months. Be extra careful to make eye contact with drivers before you enter into an intersection and err on the side of extra caution while on the road.
Watch for Bikes
Finally, bicycle safety isn’t just for you while you are biking. If you are a driver, it is your responsibility to look out for cyclists. Springtime can be especially hazardous for cyclists on the road, as most drivers are not in the habit of sharing the road. Double check blind spots and always look before you back out of your driveway.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, you could be struggling with insurance paperwork. Don’t go at it alone. Call the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates to tell us more about the accident. We can help you during this confusing and frustrating time, helping you to get a favorable outcome.