For cyclists in Colorado, taking to the road can be a fun and fulfilling experience. However, the chance of serious injury or even death remains a sobering consideration, particularly when it comes to inattentive or aggressive drivers unwilling to share the road. While little can be done to prevent others from driving dangerously, there are a few methods that can help cyclists avoid crashes.
The League of American Bicyclists urges that cyclists abide by certain safety tips in order to prevent an injury while out on the road. For instance, it’s important to be wary of the actions of drivers as well pedestrians. As a result, cyclists should try to anticipate any sudden maneuvers in order to be better prepared to react. In the same token, cyclists can also reduce the likelihood of accidents by being uniform in their maneuvers.
Following all traffic laws is another important aspect of bicycle safety. This entails using the proper lane and signaling methods, and riding with the flow of traffic in the correct configuration. It’s also important to stay visible to drivers, which can be accomplished by remaining in the eye line of motorists and opting for brightly colored gear and clothing.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration illustrates why adhering to the above tips is so important. Cyclists involved in accidents with vehicles totaled 48,000 in 2013 alone, and of this number 743 succumbed to their injuries. Those living in densely populated areas (such as cities) were mostly likely to be injured, and many injuries took place during the period between late afternoon and just before midnight. Intersections were a common location for cycling accidents to occur.