Visibility matters for cyclists, particularly to help prevent serious, potentially fatal accidents. Research published in Safety Science found that in a controlled trial of 6,793 cyclists, the test group wearing a yellow vest to stay visible experienced 55 percent fewer accidents with cars.
While solo bicycle accidents are more common, collisions with cars and trucks pose a greater safety hazard. Similar to motorcycle riders, cyclists have little to no protection in an accident.
National statistics typically group pedestrian and bicycle accidents together, often to highlight the risks of crossing the road in a busy urban area or rural region with poor visibility. While bicyclists and pedestrians frequently share the same risks when crossing or riding alongside passenger vehicles, when and how individuals get hit by motor vehicles can vary.
Many people learn how to ride a bicycle at a young age. As an adult, you may use a bike to commute, especially when gas prices increase. Bikes seem to be the perfect mode of transportation: They eliminate the need for gasoline, thus saving you money, and let you get in some exercise. However, multiple studies indicate deaths involving cyclists are on the rise.
Summer is a great time to be outdoors. If you’re looking to get more exercise, you may decide to ride your bicycle to work. Although other motorists are supposed to share the road with bikes, that may not always the case during rush hour. What steps can cyclists take to protect themselves on the main roadways?