According to a 2009 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 50,000 bicyclists were injured and 630 of them died from automobile related accidents, therefore; before going on the road and riding a bicycle, here are a few tips:
– Always wear a helmet – Use a bicycle that is the right size for you – Make sure the tires are inflated to the correct pressure and that the brakes work properly – Wear bright colors to make yourself visible to motorists – Install rear and front lights onto you bicycle that are bright and visible – If at all possible, avoid riding your bicycle at night.
In the United States, bicycles are considered vehicles, so cyclists are expected to follow the same traffic rules as a car driver. Therefore; here are a few rules while riding your bicycle on the street:
– Obey all traffic laws – Yield to pedestrians – Ride your bicycle in the same direction as traffic – Make sure to signal when you make turns – Be careful near parked cars as someone might suddenly open the door – Be careful with vehicles coming in and out of driveways or side streets
For more information visit the NHTSA’s website