After a Woodbridge bicycle/car crash proved fatal this past weekend, it bears repeating: There are risks to bike riding at night. A family is forever changed because of what happened on Friday, February 24th. Though the facts are still being investigated, this tragic story should remind us all to exercise extreme caution when bike-riding anywhere, but particularly on city streets.
There are everyday things you can do to prevent tragedy on the road:
- Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Obey all traffic laws. They exist for your safety.
- Stop and look both ways before entering traffic.
- Walk the bike across busy intersections.
- Watch for cars entering the road from driveways or parking spots.
- Use hand signals and look in all directions before turning.
- Ride predictably—avoid swerving suddenly.
- Ride single file on the right.
- Never ride at night or at dusk. If you are out late, you should call for a ride.
- If you must ride at night...wear brightly colored clothing.
- Never wear headphones or eat while riding.
- If you need to carry something while riding, stash your stuff in a backpack to keep your hands free.
- Always keep at least one hand on the handlebars.
- Never carry anyone on your bike.
- Wear a helmet at all times.
Bike riding is an efficient way to travel as it simultanously benefits your body, your pocket, and the environment. It needn't be discouraged, but there are dangers inherent in traveling busy roads on a bike. Obey laws, use common sense, and exercise caution to maximize the benefits of this activity.
For more on the subject of bike safety, or for guidance on what to do if you're injured in a bike accident, request a free copy of our book, A Basic Guide to Injured Bicyclists. Additionally, our team is here to help you navigate the legal hurdles that may follow an accident.