Avoid bicycle accidents by following these safety tips

Now that spring is finally here, many people in Ohio are anxious to dust off their bicycles and get outside to enjoy the nice weather. However, it is important to remember that bicycling - especially in traffic - comes with a certain risk of harm.

Before you get back on your bike, it is worth taking some time to review a few safety tips to make sure you are well-equipped to enjoy your ride an avoid an accident. Start with these reminders from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission:

  • If there is a bike lane, use it. If not, ride as far to the right as possible. If necessary for your safety, the law does allow you use the entire traffic lane.
  • Be predictable - ride in a straight line, and signal your turns and stops.
  • Just like cars, cyclists are required to follow all traffic laws. This includes coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
  • When riding near parked cars, leave enough room so you aren't accidentally hit by an opening door.
  • Avoid riding on sidewalks whenever possible. If you do, remember that you must yield to pedestrians at all times.

Of course, avoiding accidents is a shared responsibility. Ohio drivers also need to do their part to help cyclists stay safe. This includes driving cautiously in areas with bike traffic and giving adequate room when passing. At a minimum, cyclists need a three-foot berth. Drivers need to remember that cyclists have just as much right to be on the road and act accordingly.

Source: Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, "Rules of the Road - Bicycle Safety."

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