Cycling has many benefits. It can be a form of exercise, it puts less stress on your joints than running, and it can even help you lose weight. Riding a bike can be a healthier alternative to driving. It allows you to save money on gas and is better for the environment.
Cycling is a fun activity. You can do it alone or with your family or a group of people. However, cycling also has its risks. Here are the best tips for safer city cycling.
Check the bike before you go
The first thing we have to do before going out to roll is to check that the bike is in excellent condition. It is important to review:
- Tire pressure
- Chain and shifters
- Seat height
Carry a basic tool kit and spare parts
You never know when a tire will flat out, or you will have to make some minor adjustment or repair to the bicycle. It is highly recommended that we always leave the house with our basic tool kit.
It is not nice to have to interrupt our trip for a small detail that would be easy to solve with the right tools.
Cycle on your lane
The bicycle is a vehicle and, like automobiles, bikers are drivers that have to circulate on public roads (streets, avenues, and so on) on the correct lane. The bicycle must travel in the far right lane.
If you drive faster than other vehicles in the right lane, you can change lanes to pass. Sometimes it is possible to travel lightly loaded to the right of the lane to allow the passing of the cars. However, we have the right to take the entire lane.
Finally, on streets with parked cars, be sure to keep a safe distance to avoid slamming doors.
Respect the traffic signs
It is imperative that whenever we see a sign indicating “Stop” to respect it. For safety, we have to stop and make sure that other vehicles or pedestrians do not pass before we continue on our way.
The sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks. If for some reason you have to get on the sidewalk or pedestrian crosswalks, it is best to get off the bike and walk by its side.