Riding a bicycle helps the planet by reducing vehicle emissions and is also an ideal physical activity. Harvard University says biking at a speed of 12 to 13.9 miles per hour burns 298 calories in a 155-person in just 30 minutes. Bike riding has always been in fashion and is even more popular now as we practice safe distancing due to COVID-19.
Walks and bike rides are wonderful for fresh air and exercise. Still, bike riders need to take certain precautions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 857 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the US in 2018. Safe riding requires diligence by drivers and bikers. Tom Lonzi, owner of Tom’s Pro Bikes offers some practical tips:
- Dress in bright clothing to be easily seen, and wear a well-fitting bicycle helmet.
- Equip your bike with a horn, bell, and bright headlight.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic on the far right-hand side.
- Make sure your bike fits you well, so it is easy to control.
- Carry items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike so they aren’t obstacles.
- Be aware of cyclists sharing the road.
- Use hand signals, extending your left arm out for a left turn; make a 90-degree angle with the left arm for a right turn; and left arm down with the palm facing backward for stopping or slowing.
- Vehicle drivers should look in their side mirrors and around them before opening car doors.
Cycling safety is more important than ever with more cyclists are on the road.
Tom Lonzi owns Tom’s Pro Bikes, located in Lancaster, East Amherst, Henrietta, and Pittsford. Call 716-651-9995 and visit www.tomsprobike.com.