With summer days upon us, outdoor recreation is in full swing. Sunny weather also means that cyclists are once more taking to the roadways for fun and just to get around town. Whether the rider on the bicycle or the operator of a motorized vehicle – traffic safety means taking extra care to heed the rules of the road. Additionally, safe cycling means using the best bicycle equipment and safety gear, and keeping your bike running with consistent maintenance.
One important part of bicycling safety is the right gear. The most important item is a DOT-certified cycling helmet, but proper gear doesn’t stop there. Well-fitting knee and elbow protectors can help you in the case of an incident on the road, and light reflectors allow other drivers to spot you, especially in low-light conditions. Your local cycling shop can help set you up with best gear for you.
Besides equipment, understanding the rules of the road is crucial to safe riding. The bicycle is regarded as a vehicle in every state including Georgia, and must adhere to all rules. Riders must conduct themselves safely while operating a bicycle.
In support of safe riding, workshops and guidance are available through most cycling organizations. Many safety courses are also viewable via YouTube and other video sites. For instance, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign (bicyclecampaign.org) encourages safe riding through education, group rides, and a host of educational materials available to the public.
Maintenance is one often neglected factor in safe cycling. Just like any other vehicle, the bicycle must be tuned up to be kept in best operating condition. A reputable bicycle equipment shop can make sure your bike is properly maintained and ready for safe riding all year long. Safe, well-maintained equipment is the first line of defense in traffic safety, and the bicycle is the most important factor in your overall safety.
With routine care, cycling can be safe for everybody on the streets. By educating yourself about traffic safety, and with effective equipment, you can enjoy a lifetime of two-wheeled recreation and commuting.
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