Five Important Tips for the Cycling Commuter

The price of gasoline has prompted many individuals to reconsider the expense and time efficiency of driving to work and, as a result, cycling has become a more popular form of transportation. Motorcycle owners figured this out long ago, but considerations for motorized vehicles can be different from mechanical transportation. Cycling to work is clearly not for everyone and is not appropriate for all types of employment, but the bicycle enthusiast can find riding a bike to work an enjoyable experience. Individuals that are required to wear a professional attire at work will find it problematic. There are still a few things that all riders should address when riding a bike as primary transportation.

1. Safety First
It is always a good idea to comply with all traffic laws, especially concerning pedestrian movement. Cyclists are pedestrians and have the legal right of way, but being involved in an accident is not an automatic determination of negligence on the part of a motorized driver. Cyclists that are abusing the ability to negotiate traffic can still be operating illegally and share in the blame of an accident. 

2. Follow the Traffic Regulations
Motorized vehicle operators need to be able to predict cyclist movement. Disregarding pedestrian regulations can result in a “reasonable assumption of risk” ruling for the rider in certain accidents, such as hitting a parked vehicle, and any accident attorney Indianapolis or Los Angeles based would probably advise against it. In addition, always wear the appropriate gear, including a helmet or knee pads, and be aware of all other traffic. This is especially true in metro areas where there’s intense traffic congestion.

3. Do Not Ride on a Sidewalk
Sidewalks are often designated for walkers only and riding a bike on a walkway is a dangerous practice. An accident involving a walking pedestrian can still result in a negligence claim against the cyclist, even though insurance is not a requirement. Many paved surfaces, other than the highway, designate that bikers are allowed, and often the lane will be designated specifically for cyclists. It is important to know suitable routes and situations involving unsafe biking conditions. 
4. Carry a Tool Kit
Bicycles are mechanical, and mechanical things break down. Sometimes brakes can get out of adjustment or tires can go flat; it is more important to get home safely than it is to get to work on time. A saddle basket of some type can be a good investment and can also help in transporting things that may be necessary at work. It’s also not a bad idea to carry a rain coat of some sort in case of bad weather. A lock for the bicycle can be absolutely necessary in many locations and should be considered part of the standard operational equipment. 

5. Allow Sufficient Time to Arrive
Cyclists that are in a hurry can cause an accident quickly. It is always a good idea to test-run the route and check the time and distance. The distance may already be known, but the amount of time necessary to ride a bike can be impacted by certain traffic conditions. Plus, it can be much more enjoyable. 

Always remember that accidents can easily occur for a pedestrian cyclist, and the best way to ensure safety and joy is taking your time. If you are in an accident, and you feel as though you weren’t at fault, contact an attorney. And, always remember to assess the possibility of danger before you ride and prepare accordingly. 

Saam Banai is a freelance writer and editor, and he commonly bikes to work alongside fussy vehicles.  Getting into an accident while riding a bike can be devastating to your health, but it doesn’t need to be financially devastating. Contacting the Sevenish Law Firm and talking to an will be the best option for figuring out how to pay for health costs and lost wages.  They proudly fight for the rights of accident victims throughout the state of Indiana, whether involved in car, motorcycle or bicycle cases.