Biking in a big, busy city can be exciting and scary at the same time. There are more traffic, road intersections, parked cars, and roadways in the big cities. These conditions contributed to a high percentage of bicyclist deaths in urban areas. There is a 71 percent fatality in bicycle accidents in the urban areas compared to the 29 in rural settings.
These statistics are a wake-up call to all cyclists. Here are the top risk factors that you should be aware of:
- Opening car doors
- Drivers who pass too closely
When cycling, always keep in mind that drivers may not see you. For your safety, make sure it’s safe before proceeding across an intersection. If it is possible, try to ride far from parked cars that are opening their doors so you won’t get hit. If you see a vehicle with the lights on, slow down so you can stop quickly. It is also best to pause for a while and let the car pass if the driver isn’t giving you space.
Time of Day
If you want to avoid heavy traffic, it is best to travel when the majority of drivers aren’t on the road. According to reports, most fatal bike accidents happen between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in all seasons. The heavy traffic during this time is caused by the rush hour. Cyclists need to stay visible by adding bike lights and wear reflective clothing.
Avoiding the road during these hours will minimize the accidents that the cyclist will encounter.
A cyclist expecting to be seen
Most bicycle-vehicle collisions happen when the cyclist is hoping to be seen. If you’re at an intersection, or a car has pulled on the roadway, always have an escape route in your mind in case things didn’t go as planned.
If an accident happened, it is best to call a legal counselor to assist you in the process.