With increasing traffic on the roads, the bike lane can be a dangerous place. Here are Cute Injuries top ten tips for staying safe in the bike lane.
...They can’t see you, it doesn’t get simpler.
Unless you are Sir Bradley Wiggins, trying to beat the lights is always a bad idea.
Accidents that occur between cyclists and large vehicles often have fatal consequences, so don’t be tempted to undertake a large vehicle as blind spots can make cyclists invisible to drivers.
Do more than the average cyclist and look ahead of your front wheel. To stay safer on the road make sure to glance forward and plan ahead to the next junction. Forward planning can give you time to react to upcoming hazards.
All that separates you from fast flowing traffic is a painted line and cars can graduate into the bike lane without even realising, so be vigilant and treat the bike lane like any other lane of traffic.
Brunel University conducted a study in which they found cyclists to be up to 10% less responsive when listening to music. We all love to listen to music on our daily commute but your ears alert you to dangers, so It is essential to hear everything that is going on around you. Having said this, there is an argument for headphones creating a stimulating sensory environment that could enhance your cycling abilities but we would still advice you didn’t take the risk.
If you’re riding in a city there is going to be a lot of traffic around you but planning ahead could find you quieter, safer roads.
Everything you do, do it with purpose. Make sure you make your intentions clear and indisputable and make your actions deliberate and in a safe manner.
It may be tempting to hug the kerb in order to be further away from the traffic but being close to the kerb doesn’t give you enough time or space to correct any error.
The “Dutch Reach”, a practice of opening a vehicle door with your opposite hand so you have to reach across yourself, is being encouraged in the UK to make drivers open their doors slower and with more caution. Until this method of opening doors has gained popularity, it is good practice to be aware of drivers who will fling open their vehicle doors into the path of cyclists, the outcome of which surely isn’t pleasant.
We hope these tips will help keep you safe, but if you have been injured in a cycle lane and it wasn’t your fault, why not give one of our expert advisers a call to see what your options are.
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