Safety tips for bicyclists in the city

Did you know that helmet use has been estimated to reduce head injury risk with bicyclists by 85%? And each year about 2% of all motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists?

By law, every cyclist under age 18 must wear an approved helmet. Riders under 16 years old: a parent or guardian must make sure their child wears a helmet. Helmets are not compulsory for adults over 18; but a helmet can greatly reduce the risk of permanent injury or death if you fall or collide. It is strongly recommended that all riders wear helmets.

While bike riding is an unbelievable mode of transportation and cardiovascular exercise – there are some safety concerns regarding cyclists in major city centers with having the share the road with vehicles

Cyclists are required to ride as close as practicable to the right curb of the roadway, except when: 

  • Travelling at the normal speed of traffic
  • Avoiding hazardous conditions
  • The roadway is too narrow for a bicycle and a motor vehicle to travel safely side-by-side
  • Riding alongside another cyclist in a manner that does not impede the normal movement of traffic
  • Preparing to make a left turn, passing another vehicle, or using a one-way street (in which case riding alongside the left curb is permitted). 

Cyclists also have to:

  • Stop for red lights and stop signs and comply with all other signs
  • Ride in the designated direction on one-way streets
  • Before turning, look behind and signal the turn. The right arm can be used to signal a right turn or use the left with the elbow bent and hand up and vertical.
  • Yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Walk your bike when crossing at a crosswalk
  • Stop and identify correctly themselves when required by police for breaking traffic laws.

By comprehending these safety tips for bicyclists, it will ensure a smooth and safe trip around town. It’s also worth noting that while helmets are not mandatory for adults to wear – the statistics speak for themselves. If someone you love experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you quickly learn how complex the issues are, in terms of medical care your loved one requires and your legal case.

The personal injury lawyers at Harris Law understand the extensive and complex needs your loved one has after experiencing a TBI and we are thoroughly committed to doing whatever it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.