Cyclists everywhere worry about getting doored, especially while riding in the city. This is the term for an accident caused by a person in a vehicle opening their door and striking a cyclist as they ride by. It typically happens because the person in the car simply has no situational awareness and has no idea that the cyclist is there.
An electric bicycle is something of a hybrid. It is still a bike and does have a pedal system that the rider can use, but it also has an electric motor. Some use this to assist their efforts to pedal while others use these bikes like a moped -- not pedaling at all. Electric bikes are especially popular with commuters who do not want the expense of a car -- or the pollution it causes -- but who do not want to cycle every day.
Much like runners, cyclists often like to listen to music while they ride. It helps to pass the time and prevent boredom. Plus, studies have found that people often ride harder when listening to music that they enjoy, so riders who care about their times may have a real advantage.
Change starts with knowledge. If we want to change the number of cyclists getting injured or killed in accidents in the United States, the first step is simply to understand how and why these accidents take place. That can guide safety efforts moving forward.
When you hear the news that bike vs. car accidents are declining on the whole, that sounds like nothing but good news. And it's true that fewer people getting into accidents is nothing but positive for the members of the cycling community.
You still see cyclists who ride without helmets. It's commonly accepted that the helmet is the single most important piece of safety gear that any cyclist can have. Yet, not everyone bothers to put one on every time that they ride.
If you're used to riding your bike on the street, you know how dangerous it feels. Traffic packs in around you. Drivers cut you off, they refuse to give you enough space and some of them actively drive aggressively around you. Maybe you use your bike as your means to commute to work, but that ride home at the end of the day feels so risky. In rush-hour traffic, you always worry about an accident.
The summer cycling season is fast approaching, and it's going to mean that riders need to consider what they can do to stay safe and healthy all season long.
For cyclists, there is a tremendous risk when riding around large trucks. Not only is there a massive difference in size between the two, but trucks are so large that they create blind spots where it's easy for a bike to fit. A trucker may miss a cyclist's presence entirely and merge or turn, striking them. It all can happen in a split-second, and a fatal accident for a cyclist may be one that the driver does not even realize happened at first.
First and foremost, cyclists need to follow traffic laws. If that means they need to approach stop signs just like drivers do -- stopping completely before proceeding -- then that's the law they should follow.