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October 3, 2016

5 Easy Ways To Improve Cyclist Safety

Bicycles are a popular form of transportation in Florida, across the United States, and around the world. While bicycle riding is a fun and earth-friendly way to get around, riders are more susceptible to injury and fatality caused by traffic collisions with motor vehicles. Thus, there are several safety precautions that bicyclists must take in order to reduce their chances of getting hurt. Preparedness is one of the most important ways to stay safe on a bike. If a bicycle is one of your primary forms of transportation, consider the list below of things you should always have with you.

Carry The Following Items On Your Bike At All Times:

  • Identification: Just because you don’t need a license to ride a bicycle doesn’t mean that there is no reason to bring along your ID. Like other drivers, you’re still subject to ticketing and traffic laws. It is also good practice to ensure that you have a way to identify yourself at all times just in case.
  • Helmet: A bike helmet can save you from sustaining a serious head injury if you fall from your bike. It is a good idea for kids and adults alike to always wear a helmet before setting off on a ride.
  • First aid kit: Bicyclists have far less physical protection than people who travel in cars or buses and are therefore more likely to suffer an injury. If not tended to quickly, even a skinned knee can become infected. Bring along things like antiseptic, ointment, bandages, ibuprofen, and medication for allergies and allergic reactions.
  • Water bottle: With so much physical activity, it is extremely important to stay hydrated. Make sure you travel with an ample supply of water for longer bike rides. Dehydration and fatigue can make you more susceptible to an accident.
  • Cell phone with camera: In case of emergency, such as a collision with a motor vehicle, you should have a cell phone handy so that you can call for help. If you suffer an injury or your bike becomes damaged in an accident with another person, you can use the camera to take photos of the damages. This is valuable evidence that can be used to support a personal injury claim later on.

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