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Staying safe while riding your bicycle

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Car Accidents, Moped, Bicycle And Pedestrian Accidents

Many Hawaii residents enjoy getting around by bicycle for transportation and exercise. While this is a great pastime, it’s crucial to stay safe whenever you share the road with motor vehicles and pedestrians.

Wear a helmet

Although state law only requires children younger than 16 to wear helmets while riding their bikes, it’s best to wear one regardless of your age. This can reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of bicycle accidents. Helmets must be well-fitted to be effective.

Wear appropriate gear

Wear brightly-colored clothing when riding your bicycle after dark or very early in the morning. It can ensure you’re visible to drivers and reduce your risk of being hit by a car. Reflectors and lights on your bike can also help you be seen.

Ride with traffic

Many drivers feel safer riding against traffic because they can see what’s coming toward them, but that’s dangerous. Doing this can lead to disaster when you try to make a turn. Instead, ride with traffic and keep an eye out for vehicles entering roadways or exiting driveways.

Obey all traffic laws

Bicyclists are required to follow all traffic laws just like drivers of motor vehicles. Adhering to all road signs and signals can keep everyone safer on the road by preventing otherwise avoidable accidents.

Use caution with other vehicles

Carelessness often leads to tragedy when bicycles share roads with cars and other larger vehicles. Wherever possible, use designated bike lanes. If none are available, give plenty of space between your bicycle and the vehicle in front of you. This allows you to stop sooner and avoid colliding with a car if it abruptly stops.

Avoid distractions

Just like drivers, cyclists can become distracted and get into accidents. While riding, your phone should be in your bag or pocket, and you should avoid listening to music or doing anything that can cause you to lose focus.

Riding your bicycle doesn’t have to put you in danger. Staying alert and using common sense can keep you and everyone else safer.