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Safety Tips for Bicyclists
Riding your bicycle can be both a great form of transportation and healthy activity. It also cuts down on emissions, which is good for the environment as well. However, cycling in traffic can also be very dangerous. Drivers often do not look out for bicyclists as well as they should, which can cause accidents. Bicyclists may also ignore the rules of the road, which can result in injuries as well.
If you want to stay safe on your bicycle, you should use the following safety tips. Parents should also encourage kids to learn the rules of the road as they apply to bicycles and use these tips as well.
Know the Kansas City Bicycle Laws
It is important to know that, for the most part, regular traffic laws apply to bicycles in Kansas City just as if they were motorized vehicles. That means that cyclists should yield to both vehicles and pedestrians who may have the right of way. Lights, signs, and other traffic control devices also apply to bicycle riders.
Cyclists should ride as near as possible to the right side of the road when they are driving on the roadway itself, assuming they are traveling at less than the normal speed of traffic. However, if a bicycle path has been provided, riders should use those routes exclusively.
A few other notable bicycle laws in Kansas City include:
- Requirement to have a lamp on the front of the bike to be used at night
- Prohibition against carrying packages, bundles, or any other article that prevents the rider from having at least one hand on the wheel
- Requirement to have a red reflector or lamp on the rear of the bicycle
- Obligation to have reflectors on pedals
Following the bicycle laws in Kansas City is an important first step in staying safe on the road.
Check Your Bike Before You Leave
Check your bike before you take it out on the road every time. Your seat should be properly adjusted, and your brakes must be in proper working order. You should also check your tires for scratches, leaks, and wear and tear. If you have “quick release” tires, be sure that they are latched properly.
Have the Right Equipment
It is a good idea to wear a helmet, even though Missouri law does not technically require you to do so. Helmets can protect from severe brain injuries and should be worn at all times.
Making sure your bicycle is in proper working order can help keep you safe as well. Be sure that you have the right bike for your size. You should be able to put both feet flat on the ground when the bicycle is stopped. You should also have no trouble reaching the handle bars.
Stay Alert and Aware
Unfortunately, texting and biking is sometimes a problem. Stay alert and minimize distractions while you ride. You should constantly be on the lookout for obstacles, pedestrians, vehicles, and other hazards. It is also a good idea to avoid listening to music while you ride because you can miss out on important warning sounds, such as horns or sirens.
If you or a loved one has been injured while on a bicycle, you may have a legal claim. Contact our team today to discuss your potential options.