National Bike Safety Month
May 09, 2022
Cycling is one of Colorado’s most popular pastimes and a popular form of transportation, especially in the Denver metro area. May is National Bike Safety Month, and with the warmer weather returning, we may likely see a lot more people riding to work or school, hitting up the trails, and cycling with the whole family. So awareness is key.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicyclist deaths occur most often in city/urban areas (78 percent) compared to rural areas (22 percent). This makes sense, given that the motor vehicle density is greater on urban roads. There are two main types of crashes: the most common (falls) and the most serious (the ones with cars).
Regardless of the reason for the crash, prevention is the name of the game. So, before you hop in the saddle to celebrate, the Denver Health Trauma and Injury Prevention team would like to discuss the importance of bike safety.
Bicycle Safety Tips (For Bike Riders)
- Helmets: Always wear a proper-fitting helmet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards.
- Pre-Ride Checks: Before heading out, take time to inspect your bike, checking for proper fit and function, and the condition of tires, brakes, handlebars and seats.
- Ride with Traffic: Cyclists should ride in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic and be predictable by riding in a straight line and using hand signals when turning or changing lanes.
- Follow the Rules: Obey traffic signals, signs and lane markings, and follow local laws regarding turns, bike lanes, drug or alcohol impairment and other traffic safety standards.
- See and Be Seen: Riders should always stay focused and look ahead for traffic and obstacles in their path, and wear bright colors and use reflective materials and lights on bikes to be seen at night or in low-light conditions.