Focus on Bicycle Safety
Each year, 40 to 70 bicycle-vehicle crashes occur in Scottsdale, and the majority of them result in injuries to the bicyclist. The southern part of the city seems to be more prone for car-bicycle accidents too.
Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on the road as motorists. Even so, some drivers may not be paying attention to what they’re doing, so it’s a good idea to assume drivers don’t see you. Use caution when you ride and pay attention to your surroundings, especially at intersections.
Riding your bike, whether it’s to work or school or just for fun is great exercise and helps the environment. Here are a few tips to make sure you get to where you’re going safely.
- Ride Predictably – don’t weave in and out of traffic or between parked cars.
- Obey All Traffic Laws – you have the same rights and responsibilities as cars
- Ride on the right side of the road – in the same direction as traffic
- Stop and look “left-right-left” before crossing streets
- Watch out for potholes, grates, rocks and other debris in the street
- Always Wear a Helmet – it protects your most precious asset…your brain!
- Wear Proper Clothing – In addition to a helmet, gloves and eye protection you are important; bright colored clothing makes you easier to be seen by others on the road
- Keep Your Bike Operating Right – check your chain, brakes and tires and make sure your handlebars and seat are adjusted to you. Proper reflectors and a good headlight are needed for riding at night. Make sure straps or loose items from your bags and/or clothing are not hanging down into the chain or tire spokes
- Tell Family Where You’re Going and Always Carry Identification and a Cellphone
- Never Let Anyone Else Ride on your Bike with you – most bicycles are built for one person, not two
- Keep Your Bike Locked and in a safe place when you’re not using it
Focus on Safety…your life depends on it!