Bicycle Safety Tips From Tampa Bicycle Accident Lawyers

The holidays are right around the corner, and with them comes time off from work and school and more time together as a family.  As Florida residents, we enjoy beautiful weather year-round, so many kids, adults, and families enjoy getting outside on their bikes on days off.  It is important to remember that bicycles are vehicles and there are rules and regulations in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride when on the road.

Most bicycle-related accidents, including those resulting in an injury or death, are associated with the cyclist’s behavior, including not wearing a helmet, riding against traffic, or not obeying traffic rules and signals.  To ensure the safety of you, your loved ones, and other motorists when riding your bicycle, be sure to stay alert and safe and follow the below rules and safety tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  1. The safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, except for children under ten years of age, who should ride their bikes on the sidewalk.
  2. Go with the traffic flow, not against it, and ride in a bicycle lane where available.
  3. A bicycle is a vehicle, and you are the driver.  Obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  4. Yield to traffic where appropriate and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  5. If there is no bike lane available, ride in a straight line and do not weave between cars.
  6. Use turn signals to alert motorists of your moves.  Check behind you for oncoming traffic when making a turn.
  7. Use your eyes and ears when riding.  Watch out for obstacles, parked cars, and dangerous situations.  Do not listen to music or talk on the phone when riding your bike.  You need to stay alert to potential hazards.
  8. Wear a properly fitted helmet whenever riding your bike.
  9. Ensure that your equipment is safe and functioning properly and that your bike is the right fit for you.
  10. Wear clearly visible clothing, such a reflective or neon, and avoid riding your bike at night.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season!

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