5 Essential Tips for Safe Summer Cycling
The first day of summer, June 20th, is already behind us. As the temperatures continue to rise, motorists and cyclists are venturing out in larger numbers. Unfortunately, summer is a deadly time for cyclists, as crowded roads and the hustle and bustle of summer travel result in a greater number of crashes.
5 Simple Cycling Tips to Keep You Safe This Summer
Although you can’t prevent them completely, it’s important to do what you can to protect yourself from crashes. Here are five cycling safety tips you can use while you enjoy the summer sun.
1. Beat the Heat
Heat exhaustion is a real thing and has the potential to cause a bicycle accident as well as severe health consequences. As you cycle in the heat, you must keep cool. Remember to stay hydrated and take water breaks often. Wear cool, loose clothing. It’s also helpful to use a cooling rag inside of your bike jersey or clothing to regulate your body temperature.
2. Wear the Correct Safety Gear
No matter how hot it gets, don’t go out without your helmet. Head injuries sustained during a crash can be fatal. Wear well-fitting, closed shoes that don’t slip. If cycling in the evenings, wear reflective clothing to ensure you’re visible.
3. Avoid Heavily Traveled Areas
Instead of cycling in areas of heavy travel, try changing up your commute. If you’re cycling in and around Minneapolis, there are various bike lanes and protected infrastructure to choose from. If you don’t have access to dedicated bike lanes, add in some side streets.
4. Pay Attention
The greatest defense you have against a crash is your ability to act quickly. When cycling, make sure to pay attention to the motorists and pedestrians around you. Don’t cycle distracted. You’ll need to make quick decisions should a motorist stop short or run a red light.
5. Equip Your Bike With Lights
Bike cyclist deaths most commonly occur between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. It’s common for cyclists to ride in the cooler evening hours to avoid the summer heat. When cycling in the evening or at night, equip your bike with flashing lights in the front and the back to improve visibility.
Involved in a Bike Accident? Allow Our Team to Help.
No matter what you do, it’s impossible to fully prevent a bike accident. If you’ve been involved in a crash, our team of bike accident attorneys can help. To learn more, give us a call at 612-874-6109 or send us a message.