National Bike Month: Safety Tips

May is National Bike Month! The weather is getting warmer and it’s a great time to get outside. In this article, we’re sharing safety tips to make biking fun for everyone!

If your bike has been in storage for several weeks, spend some time checking it to make sure it’s ready to ride. Are the tires in good condition? Could they use some air? How are the brakes? Once you’ve made any necessary repairs and confirmed that everything looks good, here are a few other things to keep in mind.

Find the Right Fit

Kids grow quickly, so bikes might need to be adjusted for proper fit. You can check to see if your bike is at the right height for you by standing over it. You should have 1-2 inches between you and the top bar on a road bike or 3-4 inches for a mountain bike. The handlebar height should be level with the seat.

Wear Your Helmet

Helmets should be worn on every bike ride, regardless of how long you plan to be biking. Helmets provide protection in the event of a bike crash—in fact, a properly fitting helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent. Make sure your helmet is certified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Helmets should fit snugly and be positioned level on your head, covering the forehead without tipping backward or forward. The side straps should form a “V” shape under and slightly in front of your ears. The buckle on the chin strap should be centered under your chin.

Stay Visible

Don’t assume that drivers and others can see you, no matter what time of day you’re riding your bike. Wearing bright colors can help you be more visible, improving your safety and the safety of those around you. Wear something that reflects light, like reflective tape or markings, especially if you’ll be riding during early morning or late evening hours. Avoid riding your bike at night when possible since it’s very difficult for others to see you.

Be on the lookout for any hazards while cycling. Potholes, puddles, and broken glass could all cause a crash. Also, be aware of any dogs in the area where you are biking.

Know the Rules of the Road

Bicyclists need to follow the same rules as drivers when it comes to sharing the road. Always ride single file in the direction of traffic. Stay alert and be aware of potential hazards, such as a car door opening. Be extra cautious at intersections and use hand signals when turning.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.