Naturally, there are a lot of hazards on the Crosswalk whether you are riding a bike, a car, or a bus. But since you are riding the smallest and the slowest machine on the Crosswalk, you are considered the most vulnerable, so it is wise to keep in mind bike safety tips at all times. The following some bike safety tips while you are on the Crosswalk.
- Do not run over gravel, drainage grates, potholes, broken glass, and puddles you are unsure of the depth.
- Do not wander away; always keep your eyes and attention on the Crosswalk ahead. When you are riding past parked vehicles, make sure you are at an ideal distance so you would avoid being hit when a door opens unexpectedly.
- Obey traffic lights and signs; a yellow light does not mean stop, but if you are riding a bike it would be a good idea to stop because if you rush through a yellow light, you might not have sufficient time to reach across the intersection just before the traffic light changes. As you ride near an intersection, make sure you look over your left shoulder for any traffic. If the Crosswalk is clear, make a signal that you are making a turn and ride over to the left part of the lane. When there is a traffic approaching, yield. If you are using a bike lane, looking and signaling every time you change lanes is vital. Do not turn left from the right side of the Crosswalk, even if you are in a bike lane. In the case of an accident, you should contact Abels & Annes bicycle accidents lawyers.
- Keep right when you are approaching an intersection. Halt and walk your bike in the crosswalk or do a 90-degree turn to the left and then continue. Before crossing, wait for the walk or go signal. Give way to pedestrians using the crosswalk.
- Learn and use hand signals appropriately. Stretch your left-hand outwards if you need to turn left; make a square with your left hand pointing upward if you want to turn right, and make a square with your left hand pointing downward if you want to signal stop. Aside from hand signals, you could also make an eye-to-eye contact with other riders or drivers on the Crosswalk to make sure you are communicating your intentions well. If you cannot hand signal or make eye-to-eye contact for some reasons, use the warning device installed on your bike. It could be a horn or a bell.
- Since you are riding the smallest and slowest vehicle on the Crosswalk, you need to be visible always, especially at night. Install a light on your bicycle with 10 watts or more. Reflectors are also a big help in keeping you visible at night. The standard for a front light is a white one which is visible even from a 300-feet distance. Your rear must have a red reflector which is noticeable from a 500-feet distance. Both your pedals should have yellow or white reflectors which can be seen on a 200-feet distance.
You should also consider the kind of bike you are going to take. This should be a strong bike, which is maintained well and does not have a loose chain to hinder your riding skills. Depending on the type of biking you are into, a good bike usually has good front suspension, good quality trail tires, wide handlebars, good gear shifters and a lightweight frame. This makes for an easier and smooth ride.