Bike Safety: Street Actually Better Than Sidewalk

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

With spring comes the chance to break out the bicycle and while you can't do anything about those rusty knees, you can do something about making it a safe ride.

“I have some major cracks in there.” Anthony Broderick knows firsthand how important a helmet can be. Last summer, the experienced rider was riding downhill when he lost control. “Clipped a piece of the sidewalk that shattered my tire so I got thrown into the concrete.”

He walked away with minor injuries to his shoulder and a scar on his face. “So, I'm a pretty fortunate guy.”

We caught up with him as he was picking up his repaired bike and purchasing a new helmet. “It's a good helmet and for 50 bucks it will safe you're life.”

Aside from a helmet, there are several things we can all do to keep from getting hurt on a bike. “Being aware is the biggest thing, being able to look over your shoulder, kind of making eye contact with drivers, it's a really easy way to stay safe,” said bicycle service mechanic Dylan Page.

Having reflectors on the bicycle can help drivers see you, too. Believe it or not, some experts even recommend riding in the street because the vehicles around you will be more aware of your presence.

“If you go out into an intersection and a car is looking left and going right they're not gonna be looking for you,” said Page. He says to ride on the edge of the road where the car wheel well would go.

Before you take the whole family for a ride make sure to check everything. “Even if you're not getting work done at least make sure that all the bolts are tight and it's safe to ride,” said Page.

Ask Broderick and he'll tell you there is one key to safety. “I see a lot of people without helmets. It's a very good investment and I'm living proof that it's worthwhile.”

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