People are commuting to work and school by bike in larger numbers than ever before. There are a variety of reasons that one may choose to take two wheels instead of four. Some choose to bike as part of an adoption of a greener lifestyle, others do it to stay fit. Many people choose to bike as a way to save money. No matter the reason behind your decision to commute to work in this alternative fashion, it is important to do everything you can to keep yourself safe. Here are a few tips to help make sure you get to work or class without injury.
One of the best things you can do to improve your safety is to stay visible. Wear brightly-colored clothing, put lights on your bicycle’s front and back, and consider putting a few strips of reflective tape on your chest and back. Try not to ride in areas where seeing you will be difficult for other drivers.
Choose Your Route
You may be able to cruise to work on the highway while in your car, but you can’t do the same on your bike. Take time to choose a route that will be safest. Look for one that has wide roads and even terrain. Consider back roads if they are available to avoid heavy amounts of traffic. If you aren’t sure the route you are choosing is safe or time-effective, bike it on the weekend and test it out.
If you can’t keep all of your important things stashed at the office, chances are you will need to carry them with you in the morning and again in the afternoon. If your bike isn’t equipped with a rack, a backpack is the safest option. Make sure the weight is distributed evenly and use both arm straps when you put the pack on.
Check the Weather
We all know that we can’t always depend on a week-long forecast to tell us what the weather will be like. Check the weather the night before your commute and again in the morning. If the weather isn’t going to be conducive to your pedaling to work, consider a different form of transportation. Don’t take chances.
If you are injured in a bike accident in Charlotte or the surrounding area, call our office. A member of our team will speak to you at no cost to you or your family and advise you of the options available to you under current local and state law. Call now and let us help you begin the process of seeking compensation for your injuries.