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Recently a list of the Five Least Bike-Friendly Cities in the country was put together. This list includes Dallas, Memphis, Jacksonville, Miami, and Birmingham. While several of those cities seem to be addressing some of the problems, they’re still not the best places for bike riders. Also, they’re not the only spots in the country that can be dangerous for riders.

If you’re in a city that lacks a legitimate number of bike lanes, greenways, or other infrastructure resources that make roads safer for bike riders, there are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re as safe as possible when you head out on the roads.

One of the most important tips for drivers and cyclists alike comes down to a very basic principle: Share the Road. Of course, this can be easier said than done. The truth of the matter is that many drivers simply don’t account for cyclists when they’re driving. This can be especially true in cities that are not laid out to encourage cycling. When driving in a city with high-speed zones and heavy traffic, many people are only worried about the other cars on the road, and bikes never enter into the equation for them.

So, how do can cyclists and drivers better share the road? One key factor is paying attention. Whether one is driving or riding on a bicycle, one must remain aware of what is around at all times. It seems simple, but we all know how easy it is to let your mind drift when out on the road. It takes effort to remain concentrated on the task at hand, and with diligence and practice we can all be less prone to distractions.

Cyclists also urge drivers who are passing a cyclist to slow down and give a little extra room. Move to the other lane as when passing a slow car.

Not all of the responsibility rests on drivers, though. Experienced and novice cyclists alike often overlook basic traffic laws when on the road, disregarding stop signs, turn lanes, and more. Disregarding traffic laws is bound to result in accidents.

Riders also need to work under the assumption that drivers will not always see them. This means that you need to ride defensively. You need to pay attention to drivers in case they are not paying attention to you.

Whether you’re pedaling in one of the least bike-friendly cities, or a city known for its bike paths and love of all things cycling, it is important to realize that whether we like it or not, many of the roads are still shared. It is important to always wear safety gear and to make sure your bike is in good riding condition.

It is crucial to take steps on the road to ensure your safety.

As long as there are cars and trucks out on the road, cyclists must remain alert and aware every time they hop on their bikes.

 

 

SimplyLili is an environmental advocate and legal blogger. She helps manage over 20 attorney blogs. This article was written on behalf of Belt Law Firm: Personal injury attorneys with offices all across South Carolina.

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