|One of our teammates, Walt, suggested that we focus on situational awareness this week. You can wear bright colored jerseys, hi-viz socks, and have front and back flashing lights, but sometimes that’s not enough. Here are three tips to help you be safer on the road.|
- When approaching an intersection watch for cars turning left (left cross). This is one of the most common crashes.
- Make sure you’re seen. Make eye contact,
- Stand or signal to show your intention.
- Here is a video showing an example of what to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqG9CQA3ZaU
- When approaching an intersection watch for cars turning right (right cross).
- Slow down to let the car beside you pass. Get out of the bike lane and into the middle of the road.
- Here is a video showing the dangers if you don’t: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yVFmAilK9U
- Here is a video showing an example of what to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3paA8PgmTzY
- Be aware of cars behind you.
- Don’t use headphones, you need to be able to hear approaching vehicles
- Use a mirror or a rear light with radar
- Here is a video showing the dangers if you don’t see or hear what is coming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgXoM7wR4jc&feature=youtu.be
Here is an article which further explains what to watch for: https://www.bicyclelaw.com/bicycle-safety/riding-with-situational-awareness/
Quote of the week: “When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” – Jens Voigt