“Sharing the road with bicyclists is very important, especially when commuting on busy city streets,” writes security guru Ken Bower, Vice President and General Manager for AlliedBarton Security Services, the industry’s premier provider of highly trained security personnel “Today, bicycling has become popular as an environmentally friendly and cost effective transportation alternative as well as a fun and healthy recreational activity. Novice and experienced cyclists need to make safety a top priority. Ken Bower offers Insight News the following tips on Bicycle Safety:
Cyclists must obey traffic laws - Do you think that riding on the sidewalk is safer than riding in the street? Cycling on the sidewalk means having to dodge pedestrians, pets, garbage cans, parking meters and signs. Bicycles are considered vehicles and cyclists should obey the same traffic laws as motorists. Travel on the right side of the road with traffic, and do not ride on the sidewalk. Obey all stop signs, traffic lights and lane markings. Use proper hand signals before making any lane changes or turns.
Choose a route that is safe for cyclists - When considering your route, don't think like a motorist. Think like a cyclist. Pick the most pleasant route. Consult Google Earth or Bikely.com to research your trip. Ask your local department of transportation if they have a bike route map. Talk to a professional at your local bike shop or bike club to find out what routes are the safest. Additionally, many cities have implemented bike lanes specific for bicycle commuters. Be aware of other users on bike paths, such as folks with strollers or dogs. Announce that you are passing on the left when overtaking someone on the bike path.