can be one of the most rewarding, yet most dangerous activities. There are many
people who rely on their bicycles to get them to and from places, like work.
People also just enjoy cycling on a sunny afternoon. Whether you fit into
either of these categories or somewhere in between, there are five hazards that
all cyclist should be aware of and be careful to avoid.
we know, intersections were made with cars in mind and not
bicycles. Busy intersections for a bicyclist are not always avoidable and can
prove to be hazardous. A car may be making a right turn without looking and end
up turning right into a cyclist or turning directly in front of their path. To
stay safe when crossing intersections, you should first always slow your speed.
is not recommended that cyclist ride on the sidewalks. This can put the rider
and pedestrians at risk of being injured. Typically, sidewalks do not have the
range of sight that a roadway has. So cyclists will have a difficult, and
perhaps dangerous, time attempting to cross intersections or make turns. A car
is also less likely to see a cyclist attempting to cross the street from a
sidewalk because their line of sight may be blocked by trees or even parked
cars. The best thing would be to avoid riding on the sidewalks altogether,
unless they are specific cycling sidewalks.
3. Sudden Cars and Car Doors
that appear out of nowhere can be very dangerous for a cyclist and can cause
collisions between the cyclist and the car. These collisions occur most when a
car makes a turn coming blindly from the right out of places such as hidden
driveways, parking lots, or side streets.
can also occur between a cyclist and a car door. At times drivers are not
paying close enough attention to when they are opening up their car doors, so
they are flung open and a cyclist may ride right into that door. Dolman Law Group makes mention that some of the
injuries a cyclist can obtain from an accident with a car or car door include
broken bones, damage to the spine, damage to internal organs, brain trauma, and
even sometimes death.
4. Weather Hazards
and ice are the greatest weather hazard that a cyclist can face. The roads
become extremely difficult to ride through. It can get even worse if a layer of
ice forms under a layer of snow. This ice layer may not be initially obvious to
the cyclist, which makes this weather condition all the more dangerous. Another
weather hazard that cyclists need to be prepared for is the rain. Rain can
cause low visibility and also the roads will become slick.
is always best to try to avoid potholes and broken
when you can. However, this may not always be an option, because the car lane
may be busy so you cannot swerve into that lane or you may be riding next to
someone. If you find yourself in one of these situations, the best way to
approach a pothole is by bunny hopping over the hole. In order to do this, you
will want to even out your pedals and slight life off of your seat. Then right
before you get to the pothole, lightly pull back on the handlebars to lift the
bicycle over the pothole.
may be a fun, but necessary part of your life and it will continue to be a safe
ride if you are aware of these hazards and how to potentially avoid them. By
keeping your eyes open to these hazards, you can continue to cycle safely.