Even if you are a professional cyclist, riding your bike in the city can sometimes prove to be difficult or a tad scary. Whether you’re taking your bike to work, school, or having a leisurely ride to enjoy the city sights, there are several tips that can make your city ride more enjoyable and safer. If you’ve ever feared that a car isn’t paying attention to you while you’re biking on the road, this read is for you.
Always assume that drivers do not see you! As I mentioned earlier, this notion can be pretty scary when you see your lightweight bike up against a seemingly giant steel vehicle with four wheels. To ensure that you stand out to drivers, make sure to put some lights on your bike and wear your reflective gear even during the day. Although you might want to listen to music or a podcast on your commute, wearing headphones does distract you from your surroundings and thus is not considered best practice when riding in a densely populated area. Additionally, even though bike lanes are often clearly defined, they should not be treated differently than any other driving lane. Cars can swerve into bike lanes to avoid potholes, road debris, or accidents unexpectedly. Stay aware and always assume, sadly, that no one else is paying attention.
Map Out Your Route
If this is a routine route that you’re riding, you’ve likely memorized where every dip and bump is on your commute. It’s important to be slightly familiar with the area that you’re riding while biking in a city. Take the extra time to map out where you’re going and stay in tune with traffic news to save yourself from any unexpected construction or roadblocks as well as road congestion…
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