May was National Bike Month, and at the closing of the month, we'd like to take the opportunity to provide tips for safer cycling. The two-wheeled lifestyle is popular in New Jersey and across the region. Whether you bike to save money, improve your health, reduce your carbon footprint or simply for the thrill of the ride, these safety tips are intended for cycling of all distances, locations and purposes.
Safety tips for cyclists:
Ride your bicycle predictably, in a way that motorists and others can anticipate your maneuvers.
- Use hand signals when turning
- Ride in the direction of traffic, not against it
- Use the road shoulder or bike lane whenever you can do so safely
- Obey traffic signs and signals
Make an effort to be as visible and obvious to motorists as possible. Be "seen," in other words.
- Wear bright and/or light-colored clothing
- Use a light on the front and rear of your bicycle if you are riding at dawn, dusk or nighttime hours
- Don't assume a motorist has seen you – establish eye contact whenever possible
Always wear a properly fitted helmet. A helmet can prevent catastrophic injury and possibly death in the event of a bike crash.
If you have been involved in a bicycle crash in New Jersey, including the cities of Hackensack and Newark, please call Eisbrouch Marsh LLC for a free consultation at 201-342-5545. You may have a claim to pursue compensation for injuries caused by someone else's negligence.