Riding a bike is a skill that most people don’t forget how to do once they learn — hence the phrase “it’s just like riding a bike” to describe the simplest of tasks. Despite the ease and fun of cycling, it is important to refresh yourself on safety tips to ensure you have an enjoyable experience every time you ride.
In West Virginia, cyclists have the option of riding on bike-friendly streets and sidewalks, as well as rugged mountain trails. Each of these paths offer their own benefits to bikers, along with their own risks.
No matter where you are biking, some safety tips are universal. Avoiding biking after dark and never riding a bike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are two of the best safe cycling practices you can follow. You should always wear the proper safety equipment as well, including a helmet and reflective or highly-visible clothing that makes it easy for others to see you.
Safety Tips for Biking on a Trail
When biking in nature, you’ll likely encounter uneven roads, unexpected obstacles, and other factors that can pose a safety threat. To prepare, plan your route in advance and let someone know where you will be. If possible, walk your intended path before biking it to evaluate the trail.
Safety Tips for Biking in Town
Cars are the most significant danger to people who are riding a bike in an urban area. Ride in bike lanes and on sidewalks where possible, and employ some kind of signal to alert drivers when you are turning (either by installing a bike light or through hand signals). Review the bike laws of where you will be riding, as some areas have unique regulations.
Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
Bikers who are involved in collisions frequently sustain severe or fatal injuries. At Troy Law Firm PLLC, our lawyer advocates for injury victims and helps people across West Virginia and eastern Kentucky recover the compensation they deserve following an accident.
Contact us online or call (304) 315-2299 to schedule your free consultation.