Safe Cycling in May: Top Tips for National Bicycle Safety Month

Safe Cycling in May: Top Tips for National Bicycle Safety Month

| May 02, 2024

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, a timely reminder to brush up on safe practices for cyclists and drivers alike. With over 1,015 bike fatalities in 2022, alone, and over 46,000 injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sharing the road respectfully is crucial. Let's all keep our eyes peeled and enjoy the ride!

Safety First: Tips for Cyclists

  • Level Up Your Ride: Learn and use proper hand signals, wear bright clothing during the day, and reflective gear at night.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmets are non-negotiable. Every ride, every distance, every time.
  • Follow Traffic Laws: Treat your bike like a vehicle and obey traffic laws.
  • Share the Space: Use designated bike lanes whenever available. Check local laws about riding on sidewalks.
  • Stay Alert: Be aware of pedestrians and potential hazards on the road, like potholes or debris.

Sharing the Road with Cyclists: A Driver's Responsibility

  • Allow Space: Give cyclists plenty of room when passing.
  • Respect the Lane: Don't block bike lanes with parked cars.
  • Stay Alert: Always be on the lookout for cyclists, especially when turning, changing lanes, or exiting driveways. When opening your car door, check for approaching cyclists especially if there's a bike lane next to your car. 
  • Focus on the Road: Avoid distractions while driving – your full attention is crucial.

By following these simple safety tips, we can all make our roads safer for cyclists and drivers alike. Let's make this National Bike Month a celebration of healthy commutes, scenic rides, and shared responsibility.