TeamCBC Cycling Tip – Situational Awareness

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.

  1. When approaching an intersection watch for cars turning left (left cross). This is one of the most common crashes.
    1. Make sure you’re seen. Make eye contact,
    2. Stand or signal to show your intention.
    3. Here is a video showing an example of what to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqG9CQA3ZaU
  2. When approaching an intersection watch for cars turning right (right cross).
    1. Slow down to let the car beside you pass. Get out of the bike lane and into the middle of the road.
    2. Here is a video showing the dangers if you don’t: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yVFmAilK9U
    3. Here is a video showing an example of what to do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3paA8PgmTzY
  3. Be aware of cars behind you.
    1. Don’t use headphones, you need to be able to hear approaching vehicles
    2. Use a mirror or a rear light with radar
    3. 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

Stay safe!

Rick Bunnell

President, TeamCBC

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