Cycling, like any other sport has it’s own share of risks. Whether you are a downhill professional mountain biker or a ‘hipster’ cruising the beach strip, the thought of cycling safety is never far from your mind. With an ever-increasing amount of traffic on our roads and the rising popularity of cycling, the risks to cyclists are on the rise.
The most important factor in road safety for cyclists is being seen on two wheels.
Bright lights save lives, lots of lumens, save lives. Not only is the correct choice of light essential for the type of riding being done, there are other considerations like wearing a helmet and additional high-visibility clothing. The more you can be seen by other users of the road, footpaths, cycleways and trails, the less likelihood of an accident occurring.
Even though having lights on your bike may seem like the complete solution to ‘being seen’ by other motorists and pedestrians, there are other items that need attention.
Cycling and risk seem to go hand-in-hand with more and more news items popping up in the news. The topic across many cities in the U.S. seems to be honing in on the pro’s and cons of cycling in built-up areas as well as off-road trails.
A recent article in the Huffington Post about how to minimize the risk of cycling caught our eye this week. Bike safety was highlighted in this excellent piece that covers many precautions riders can take whilst riding. We’re not just signing the praises of lighting systems for MTB, road, commuter and urban bikes because NiteRider was featured in the Huffington Post, this is more of a wake-up call for all cyclists to consider adding more protection layers to their cycling activities.
With the proliferation of Apps, smart phones and additional computers on our bikes, we now have access to much more information than ever before that can make our rides even safer. When interactive maps and custom alerts pinpoint cycling accident hotspots close to familiar cycling routes, suddenly the awareness factor goes up a notch. It’s important to make use of technology to avoid those high-risk areas where accidents seem to happen far too regularly.
At NiteRider, our team work hard to innovate and create the best value, highest quality lighting technology systems to light up the area around your bike, however as we mentioned earlier, there are many other safety measures to consider.
Apart from the NiteRider Lumina Micro 250 Front Light and NiteRider Sentinel Rear Light featuring in the article, there are additional products like the Bell Super 2R MIPS Helmet, Cannondale Cypher Helmet and Sugoi Zap Jacket to consider.
We recommend heading on over to the Huffington Post article where you’ll discover 10 Ways To Mimimize the Risks Of Cycling.
Which ever two wheel activity you choose to make a part of your everyday life, be aware, be safe and consider every option to minimize the risks of cycling.