If you are leaving work in the evening, participating in an evening group cycling event or just enjoy cycling later in the day, it’s best to be cautious. When biking in the evening, keep in mind the following safety tips:
- Map safe routes beforehand. When riding at night, it’s best to plan out safe biking routes beforehand. To determine the safest routes, cycle in the daytime to ensure there are no possible hazards such as potholes, fallen tree branches or road work debris. Make sure to ride in designated bike lanes or well-lit streets when cycling in the evening.
- Bike lights. Purchase front and rear bike lights for biking at night. The rear light should be red and have a blinking function. The blinking helps to catch the eye of oncoming motorists. It’s important that your bike lights have a long-lasting battery and strong light source to illuminate the road ahead of you as you ride. LED lights usually provide the most visibility. You can learn more about California bike lighting requirements by visiting our website.
- Clothing. Wear a reflective vest or other clothing as you ride at night. Reflective clothing helps you to be spotted by passing motorists. It’s best to have some reflective clothing on somewhere along your back as motorist will be able to see you when approaching from behind. You can even purchase reflective pedals as well as wrist and ankle wear to help increase visibility.
- Technology. There are radar devices that can alert you when a car is coming up behind you. It also can light up to warn oncoming motorists that you are cycling just ahead.
Always exercise extra caution when you’re riding at night. It may be best to lower your speeds while biking, especially when turning dark corners or riding on lanes that merge with traffic. If you’re not on a well-lit street, it may be best to get off your bike and walk until you feel safe to ride again.
Questions About A Cycling Accident?
If you have been hurt in a cycling accident with a car, you should speak with an attorney to determine possible options for moving forward with a lawsuit. San Diego cycling accident attorney Frederick Dudek could help you determine if you can recover compensation for your injuries. Call (858) 530-4800 for a free consultation today.