With summer almost here, more of us may be opting to hit the roads on our bikes. Whether for exercise or commuting, biking is an eco-friendly and enjoyable way to get around.
Here are a few ways you can stay safe on your bike this summer (and all year-long!):
1. Wear a helmet. There is a reason this is our first tip: wearing helmets save lives. Even if you think you’ll “be careful” or you’re “just going a few blocks away,” we encourage you to wear your helmet each ride, every ride.
2. Wear reflective gear. Even though the days are longer in the summer, it’s important to stay visible. Make sure your bike has lights and reflectors and opt for bright colors.
3. Mind the weather. Before you head out the door, double check the weather. Are there thunderstorms predicted? Heavy rain? Or perhaps there’s a heat warning in effect? Increasingly, wildfire smoke has become an unfortunate reality during our summers. Given that, you may want to also check the air quality app before deciding whether or not to head outside.
4. Plan your route. If possible, choose a route that has a bike lane or path. Choose roads and areas that you feel safe and comfortable navigating given your skill level.
5. Check your bike. Make sure your bike’s tires are properly inflated and that everything is operational. If it’s been awhile, consider getting your bike tuned up. Don’t forget a water bottle!
6. Inform someone of your plans. It’s always a good idea to let a friend or family member know your plans. Where will you be headed? When can they expect you back? For added safety, you could also share your location either through an app such as Find my Friends or by using a service like Garmin LiveTrack.
We hope you have a fun and safe summer! For additional reading, check out these related posts: