Bicycling safety: tips for the road

With Tennessee's spring in full bloom at last, cyclists around the state have quickly flocked to its gorgeous roads. Likewise, countless Tennessee drivers have hit the roads toward adventure. With this blend in transportation comes the inevitable safety risks. What can bicyclists in the state do to prevent a mishap? 

Bicycle Touring Guide immediately points out in an article on bicycle accident prevention that, while the trip itself is always the reason to get on wheels, safety should always be the primary focus. Due to the natural largeness of vehicles in comparison to bikes, even a small run-in with a car can prove dangerous. Although this step may seem obvious, the bicycling company advises riders to always keep one's senses sharp. Despite the temptation to provide a soundtrack to one's journey, it can be risky to listen to loud or distracting content on headphones while operating a bicycle alongside cars. It is also a good idea for cyclists to ride a bicycle with hands prepared to brake at any moment, as trips are often unpredictable. 

Many cyclists could agree that there can never be too many safety precautions when it comes to getting from points A to B. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share a few bicycling safety tips to keep in mind, including the following:

  • Wear brightly colored clothing
  • Use of reflectors on bicycles
  • Ensure bicycles have proper lighting   

Again, while it may seem apparent, CDC also stresses the importance of wearing a helmet. Most states enforce helmet laws, which have been known to reduce injuries and even deaths. Cyclists in the state can also look to local bike lanes and other resources for additional information. There may always be risks on the road, but there are an equal number of safety steps cyclists can take to avoid them. 



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