Cycling is one of the best ways to stay in shape, save money on fuel and reduce pollution. The benefits are well-known to cycling enthusiasts and there is a big movement worldwide to encourage more people to take up cycling for their commutes and leisure. Bike and scooter share schemes are on the rise worldwide as people embrace this environmentally and healthy way to travel.
For all the benefits of cycling, cyclists face a host of hazards althoughthere are ways to ensure that they can stay as safe as possible on two wheels. When sharing busy roads with cars, trucks and buses injuries can happen even on a designated cycle route.
The most dangerous hours for cyclists are 3.00 to 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 to 9.00 a.m. on weekdays. However, cycling accidents in the dark are more likely to be fatal.
In the USA many more cycle accidents occur during the spring and summer months (May to September) than the autumn and winter months, but peak in the summer months and remain high through September. This is possibly because more cyclists are on the roads because the weather is better.
The importance of taking safety precautions cannot be overstated.
Use Your Head, Protect it!
Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury and brain injury, which obviously makes sense as the first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain, the results can be fatal. It seems incredible that anyone would choose to ride without a helmet, and yet people continue to do so. With high profile bike and scooter accidents regularly hitting the headlines and where the rider does not have head protection, it’s astonishing that more people are not wearing bicycle helmets.
Unfortunately, people are often reluctant to wear a helmet because they hate carrying a full-sized helmet around with them when not in use. Traditional bike helmets are clumsy and take up a lot of space so many people risk their safety by not wearing one.
The great news is that there’s a solution. The Morpher flat folding helmet, designed precisely to overcome the problem of people not wearing a helmet. The great thing about this collapsible bike helmet is that not only is it the world’s flattest foldable helmet,it also looks great. It quickly and easily slips into a bag. It’s completely portable, convenient and of course reaches all CPSC and CE1078 safety standards, just like a full-sized helmet.
Cyclists should make sure they follow the rules of the road to keep safe and should:
- Get to know traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
- Know your bike's capabilities
- Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards
- Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at crossroads and intersections
- Never hitch onto cars
- Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
- If night riding can't be avoided, wear reflective clothing and make sure your bike has lights
- Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
- A horn or bell and a rear-view mirror, as well as a bright headlight is essential
- And of course, the number one rule – always wear a helmet.