With nicer weather just around the corner, you may be tempted to enjoy
a morning bike ride or use your bicycle as a primary source of transportation.
If this is the case, it is important to consider your surroundings at
all times, especially in a busy city like Washington, DC. With such a
heavy traffic flow and many large vehicles on the road,
bicycle accidents can occur at any moment.
To help you remain safe while riding your bicycle through the city, consider
the tips listed below:
1. Wear Bright Clothing
No matter what time of day you choose to ride, it’s important to
wear bright, noticeable attire. Drivers of passenger vehicles and buses
will be better able to see you if your clothing is bright. If you ride
your bicycle at night, you may want to consider adding reflective gear
to your bright attire so drivers can see you in the dark.
2. Ride in a Single-File Line
Although many bike lanes are wide enough to fit two or three bikes, it
is much safer to ride in a single-file line. Bicyclists who ride side
by side create a wider area, which increases the risk for accidents because
other vehicles will be closer to at least one cyclist in the lane.
3. Use Hand Signals
It is important to use hand signals to tell other divers when and which
direction you’re turning. This will let other drivers know which
area you plan to ride in and it will remind motorists you have just as
much right to be on the road.
4. Stay out of Blind Spots
While you cannot always stay out of drivers’ blind spots, you can
avoid riding in those areas for long periods of time. This can help keep
you safe because a driver will be able to see where you are if you remain
in an open and noticeable area. This is especially important when riding
next to large vehicles, such as buses, that make frequent stops near curbs.
5. Keep an Eye Out for Drivers’ Turn Signals
Because most bike lanes are located on the furthest right hand side of
the street, many passenger vehicles need to cross into bike lanes to make
a right turn. For this reason, it is important to keep any eye out for
other drivers’ turn signals.
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Victims in Washington, DC
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