To cycle on the road alongside with the other users, you may sometimes feel unsafe. See our tips to minimize any risk when you’re on the car sides, trucks, scooters and more.
Pay attention to trucks and buses
Towering trucks can sometimes be dangerous for the rider. It is sometimes safer to stay behind if you have no guarantee of the safety.
Same for the bus. However, exceed a bus can be a little less risky, their driving position is lower and the driver is equipped with a wider field of vision. However before passing, always try to gauge the situation and your options.
Warning motorcycles and scooters
They drive very fast and can arise from one minute to another, which is why it is necessary to be careful. In traffic, it is better to always be on guard and always look twice to your back before you change lanes. For a better view, you can install on your bike a mirror that offers good visibility.
To be visible
During the day or night, to be spotted on the road is essential when riding a bicycle. If we see other vehicles, there will be less risk and for everyone. For this, use reflective elements and lights front and rear.
Do not hesitate to use your arms to signal a change of direction or your doorbell, if necessary, to be heard. Also, always try to prevent a situation. Pay attention to turn signals, look if there is or not people in parked cars, hear the engine running …
Respect the Highway Code
A simple but effective solution: respect the Highway Code! This may well save you from trouble. Therefore, avoid driving with your phone or ride on the sidewalk for example.
Prudence in congested traffic
For cyclists, the plugs are almost a bargain. The cars run almost in slow motion, so it is easy to get around. But be careful anyway! As in traffic, drivers can sometimes suddenly accelerate when changing lanes and then forget to look around and examine the blind spots.
Similarly in traffic, pedestrians can cross and arise between the cars, which surprise and cause an accident. Finally, when you are asked to ride along parked cars, trying to find a balance not to roll too close to cars or too left.
Cyclists do everything right to ride on the road. Once on the road, you are part of traffic as well as cars, buses or scooters. Roll in the middle of the road proves also sometimes safer to turn or cross the road. In this way, motorists are required to let you pass and they will avoid the same time attempting dangerous overtaking.
Well equip and check your bike
Bike accidents can also occur due to failure of the bike. So make sure that everything is in order on your bike before you start your journey. Check tire pressure, clamping, condition and operation of the brakes.
Also, if you carry your bike, make sure your transportation is secure. Luggage or bike basket installed door will be more convenient to not be bothered by a bag that moves or might come to rub our wheels.
Ride safely by bike: mandatory equipment
Required equipment to ride a bike
Cycling is fine, but you need to run at top speed on the pavement without being informed about the rules of equipment. While it is true that few of us know them, they are nevertheless required. So to avoid being cough up the first road control, better get well equipped.
- Brakes: they are compulsory in the front and back of your mount.
- Lights: As well as the night the day when circumstances require, any bicycle must be equipped with a lighting system. A yellow or white light in front and a red light at the rear are required not to mention the reflectors (retro-reflectors).
- A buzzer: dring dring! More than a decoration or gadget to sign your friends, the bell above all allows your presence to other users.
- The yellow waistcoat ladies, here’s the anti-style but yet so useful. The yellow jacket is now mandatory for all cyclists and passengers traveling at night or when visibility is poor. So between glamor and safety, the choice is quickly made.
What is the optional equipment?
Optional yet handy, some devices are still highly recommended.
- Headphones: While blow-drying side inflated, the helmet is not so suitable. But in case of accident, it can still prevent damage.
- A mirror: yes, the mirror is also for bikes. Whatever one may think, it lets take a look at the back without having to play contortionists on two wheels.
- The orange spreader: to hang on the wheel or the rack, it allows the motorists to keep their distance from your bicycle. But beware, beware of the narrow paths or if your spreader will not survive.
- The rack: it is useless to ride your bike loaded as a donkey if you do not even get to ride. You risk getting tangled pedals and there is the insured loss.
You are now ready to cross the city safe!