Between 2000 and 2009, the number of people using bicycles for their daily commute increased by 70 percent across the United States. While bicycling is a great way to save on fuel costs, get more fresh air and sunshine, be more physically active, and be more environmentally friendly, it can also be dangerous. To help our readers stay safe on Georgia roadways, the Giannini Law Office offers these tips for bicycle safety.
Bicycle Safety Tips on Georgia Roadways
Before your next bicycle outing, consider these safety tips to help you and others stay safe.
- Obey the Law: Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers, and they should obey the law when navigating Georgia roadways. Bicycles and automobiles should work together to obey the law and share the road safely.
- Be Predictable: When bicycling on a road or sidewalk, be as predictable as possible. Ride in a straight line, signal when you plan to turn, and be aware of nearby vehicles when changing directions or lanes.
- Be Visible: Wear bright or reflective clothing when bicycling on or near a roadway. Equipping your bicycle with front and rear lights also increases your visibility. Unless specifically designated, avoid bicycling on sidewalks.
- Think Ahead: Plan your route before bicycling and try to anticipate possible dangers. You can easily find traffic and construction information online, and you can adjust your route accordingly. You can also identify railroad crossings, school zones, or other areas that might require you to be more alert or follow specific laws.
- Be Prepared: Bicycle safety begins before you ride. Be prepared by checking to make sure your bicycle is in proper working order before you ride. Make sure tires are properly inflated, chains run smoothly, and brakes are working properly. Carry a small tool kit with you when riding in case you experience a mechanical issue on the road.
- Wear a Helmet: In Georgia, anyone under 16 years old is required to wear a helmet when bicycling. Of course, it is advisable that anyone of any age wear a helmet. Choose a helmet that is a good fit and offers protection for the type of bicycling you plan to do.
Whether you are bicycling yourself or are driving an automobile in an area frequented by bicyclists, it is important to know the rules of the road.
Learn More about Georgia Bicycle Safety
If you have questions about bicycle safety and Georgia law or have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle, contact the Giannini Law Office to speak with our personal injury attorney. Our office can help you understand your rights and responsibilities and determine if you have a personal injury case.