Saturday, May 27, 2017

12 Tips for Bicycle Safety - Celebrate Bicycle Month May, 2017

12 Tips for Bicycle Safety

1. Maintain and Regularly Inspect Your Equipment: Be safe and keep your bike tuned up. Take it to a bike shop at least twice a year for professional inspection. Secure any loads tightly to a rack or trailer.

2. Wear a Helmet Correctly: Always wear your helmet to prevent head injury. You want your helmet to fit correctly. It should be level and snug. You should be able to see the helmet brim.

3. Be Visible and Predictable: Plan ahead to avoid obstacles and hazards. Wear bright colors. Ride straight in a predictable manner. Signal before changing directions.

4. Ride with Traffic: Always ride on the right side of the road. Do not pass motorists on the right. If you approach an intersection with a right turn lane and intend to continue straight, ride with through traffic. When a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride side by side, “take the travel lane,” which means riding in or near the center.

5. Watch for Potential Hazards: Think win-win and always negotiate with traffic.  Scan the road 100 feet ahead for hazards—drains, potholes, rail road tracks or broken glass and other debris. Allow time to maneuver around these hazards. Avoid riding into open car doors by giving yourself 3 or 4 feet.

6. Signal All Turns: Look back before you make a lane change or turn. Signal safely in advance.

7. Making Left Hand Turns: Experienced bicyclists may prefer to turn left as a vehicle by moving into the left side of the travel lane (or left turn lane). An option, for the less experienced, is to cross like a pedestrian by stopping, dismounting, and walking across crosswalks.

8. Be Prepared for Conditions: Always carry plenty of water and appropriate supplies, clothing, when bicycling. Remember to allow yourself extra distance to stop when you use your brakes in the rain.

 9. Obey All Traffic Laws: Remember, you are part of traffic. Ride with traffic. Obey stop signs, traffic lights, and other traffic controls. Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

10. Ride Single File in Traffic: Ride single file in traffic except when passing others. Also, notify other bicyclists of approaching cars.

11. Warn Others When Approaching: Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians. Be courteous by warning others with a ring of your bell or a friendly greeting. Always allow plenty of space when passing.

12. Always Ride with Lights at Night: Bicycle reflectors are not sufficient for safety. Bicycle Blog USA recommends a headlight visible from at least 500 feet when riding at night and a flashing red tail light visible from 600 feet. Wear reflective clothing. Remember this important fact; we use lights and reflective clothing not to see, but to be seen.

Thank you to the Capitol Region Council of Governments Connecticut Bicycle Coalition for providing important and life saving information for this article.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May is Bicycle Month! It is important to know:

What to Consider When Choosing the Right Bike.

As winter gives way to spring, many decide that it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. For a lower-impact workout or even for more mobility and chances for scenery, the purchase of a new bicycle can be just the thing. Today however, there’s a bike type and a raft of accessories to fit every purpose imaginable, which can be confusing. Furthermore, an increase in bike accidents ( over the past couple of decades has led to increased regulation on cycling in many areas. We have therefore developed the below guide to help answer some common questions you may have when getting ready to hit the road.
How ( & Where) Do You Ride?
Are you looking to enter road events, try downhill racing, commute, or just casually pedal your neighborhood looking for a better cup of coffee? Whatever your intended use, there is a type of bike that will be a good fit for you. Some broad categories of bikes are:
●      Road bikes: Best for pavement, these bikes are good for fitness, long distance rides, touring, and racing. Usually lightweight, they typically have drop-bar handlebars that put you in an aerodynamic position for going fast.
●      Mountain bikes: Rugged bikes with shock-absorbing features and strong brakes, these bikes are made for dirt trails and off-road riding. Typically with straight handlebars, they may come specialized as downhill racers or simply as fun bikes for the trail.
●      Hybrid bikes: These bikes combine aspects of both road and mountain bikes to create well-rounded bikes that do it all. Usually thin tires and lighter frames of road bikes mixed with straight handlebars and more comfortable seats of mountain bikes, they will have options that lean more one way or another so you can really find a style that suits you.
●      Specialty bikes: An extremely broad category encompassing folding, recumbent, electric, cargo, cruisers, and many other bikes. If none of the broader categories above work for you, consider specialty bikes to see if there’s one that is a fit.
Decide on Your Helmet
Most jurisdictions in the US have some form of laws on helmets for bike riding – be sure and check with your local state, county, or municipality for the laws in your area. In 2014, bike riders accounted for 2% of all traffic deaths, ( which should be sufficient encouragement to choose your helmet carefully. Mountain bike helmets typically feature visors, enhanced rear-head coverage, a firm fit and may even include full face masks, while road bike helmets generally don’t have visors but focus more on aerodynamics and minimizing weight. Recreational helmets usually have visors, are less expensive, and more generic.
Accessories are even more varied and complex than are bike types. At a minimum, consider a lock, reflectors (usually built in), ( reflective clothing, and lights, particularly if you plan to bike at night or in the early morning. Repair kits, pumps, water bottle holders and/or hydration backpacks, and saddle bags can be essential if you plan on long distance rides. Child seats, baskets, fenders, bike racks, mirrors (crucial for city riders), are other accessories that depend on specifically how you plan to use your bike.
Get out there!
Whatever your intended use, there’s no time like the present to get started riding. The biking community needs you: studies have found that the more people there are riding bikes, the safer it is for everyone and that cities with lots of bike riders have lower crash rates for all road users. Hope to see you out there soon! 

The Palm Springs Guru says “Thank you, Christiana Scott
Community Liaison & Blog Manager
Dunkley Injury Law Attorneys at for writing this valuable and important article.”

Dunkley Law Personal Injury Lawyers have spent the last ten years successfully representing clients in Henderson, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah. (702) 413-6565