Many of us at home are looking to some exercise during COVID-19. With the weather warming up, some looking to their bikes to get some exercise. Even when COVID-19 is over, many of us will look to swap out our cars for our bikes for our daily commute. If you are cycling this summer here are some tips to stay safe in the summer?
Practice Social Distancing During COVID-19
Even though you may be on your bike, you still need to keep 2 meters away from others. Also, during COVID-19 it is a good idea to stay close to home in case you have a problem. Now is probably not the time to go on that 100 km cross country ride.
Be Alert and Pay Attention
Stay alert and be aware of hazards like potholes, railroad crossings, etc. Even though there may be less traffic during COVID-19, pay attention as drivers may not always see you. Most importantly, do not use headphones when cycling as you may not be able to hear horns. Watch for and keep 2 meters away from pedestrians. Use your bell to let pedestrians know you are coming.
Share the road
The roads are not as busy during COVID-19, but there are still cars, motorcycles, large transport trucks, scooters, streetcars and buses (especially in the city) out there. In fact, many collisions occur when cyclists are on the inside of a vehicle when the car is about to turn right, as the view is constructed in their mirror. For safe cycling, keep a safe distance away all motorized vehicles. It’s better to ride with caution until the vehicle is a safe distance away.
Ride with care
If you’re a cyclist in any major city you understand the importance being safe on busy roads as they’re usually congested with traffic, or at least they will be after COVID-19. Here’s some general tips:
- Most importantly, wear a helmet. When purchasing your helmet, ensure it’s appropriate that you size your helmet to fit- it should be comfortable and snug, not move when riding, easy to adjust and have a secure buckle. If it doesn’t meet any of this criteria, don’t buy it.
- Do not swerve in and out of moving traffic, cars and construction zones; keep a good distance away from parked cars (to eliminate the risk of being doored), ride in a straight line and try to be predictable in your movements because this will help you be seen on the road.
- When it’s raining or in wet weather, check your speed and ride with caution as the roads may be slippery and it may take longer for you to stop.
- Do not bike while intoxicated
- Do not use your phone while biking
Respect the rules of the road:
Bicycles have similar road rights to motor vehicles, and must also obey traffic signals, signs and right-of-way rules. Just like drivers should indicate when they’re turning, cyclists should also. Always use hand signals when turning, slowing down or stopping; before passing other road users, shoulder check and use your bell, or your voice.
Plan your route:
When cycling to a new destination or along a new route, use an updated cycling map to plan before you ride. Determine the best route for your ability and experience.
Remember, cyclists and motorists are equally entitled to use and share the same road space. Respecting all road users benefits everyone.