Riding a bicycle is a fun and healthy way to navigate Dallas. However, even the most cautious and aware cyclists face a myriad of risks on the road.
That is why safety is crucial for cyclists, regardless of their skill level or abilities. And while vehicle operators must also take bicycle safety seriously when sharing the road, it is ultimately up to you to understand the risk and take the proper actions to protect yourself. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind.
Rates of bicycle accidents and injuries
More than 130,000 cyclists experience injuries every year in the U.S. Additionally, 1,000 people lose their lives as a result of bicycle accidents annually. Most bicycle fatalities take place in urban areas, with the majority taking place on stretches of roads where vehicles and cyclists travel at high speeds.
Most of the people who die as a result of bicycle accidents are between the ages of 55 and 69. However, young people have much higher injury rates while riding. The total cost of accidents and deaths related to riding bicycles is over $23 billion every year.
What you can do to protect yourself
Safety gear is crucial when involved in an accident. Helmets are especially important, as they can protect you against serious head injuries in the event of a crash. As a result, cyclists must wear helmets every time they ride, even when they are not required to by law.
Making yourself more noticeable to motorists can even reduce your risk of having an accident. Cyclists should outfit their bikes with lights and reflective materials to signal their presence when visibility is low. Wearing fluorescent clothing, such as vests, is also beneficial.
You cannot always avoid bicycle accidents, but the above steps can greatly lower your risk of experiencing one. They can also reduce the severity of injuries should an accident occur.