Understand Traffic Flow for Better Bicycle Savvy—and Safety

Riding a bicycle can be one of the most fulfilling exercises, as well as modes of transportation. It is also an extremely affordable way to travel, with no need for gas and very little up-front expense, unless you choose one of the more expensive models. Fuel depends only on you as you pedal, and the benefits abound. Not only are you working out your entire body—and especially your cardiovascular system—but you may lower your chances of being stricken with serious diseases like cancer.

A recent news article outlined many of the different reasons bicycling is good for you, from stimulating the brain to burning calories and helping with weight loss, offering that addicting endorphin high, lifting your spirits—and creating a great opportunity for a way to spend fun time with family and friends. But none of those benefits mean much if safety is not the priority, and especially if you tend to travel in high traffic areas. While extreme caution is of the utmost importance while bicycling, understanding the flow of traffic will add greater efficiency, safety, and enjoyment to all your rides.

This means understanding:

  • The overall infrastructure in your city – take some time to examine the design of the roadways in your area. You may even want to study an old-fashioned roadmap of the area.
  • Varying Speed limits – examine how speed fluctuates on your route, making some pockets of travel less safe than others.
  • Traffic rules – whether you are new to bicycling or a veteran, review not only regular traffic rules but also those that apply to bicycles, including hand signals.
  • Traffic congestion – Avoid continually high-traffic areas and road construction, or study ways to get through them expediently. Bicycles often allow a nimble approach to navigating traffic.
  • Areas designated solely for bicycles – target areas that make it easier for you (and your family) to ride safely.

Along with being savvy about the area you are riding in, make sure you are riding with protective body gear and that you have inspected your bicycle to make sure it is in good working order—to include lights and a bell or horn.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

All blogs are written on behalf of Heintz & Becker for informational purposes. These articles should not, however, be considered legal advice, or in any way responsible for creating an attorney/client relationship.