Bicycling can be a fun and healthy experience; however, it can also be dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, almost 800 bicyclists in the U.S. were killed and there were an estimated 515,000 emergency room visits due to bicycle-related injuries. It is important to take the proper precautions before and during cycling to stay safe.
Some of the most common reasons for accidents occur because of poor weather conditions, poor road conditions, poor bike maintenance, excessive speed, inexperience, not following road rules, and not paying attention.Here are some important rules to keep in mind while on the road, as well as a checklist of bike safety equipment.
Follow riding rules:
Stay alert and be aware of:
Safety Equipment Checklist
Before you head out, here are a few items you should take with you to help keep you safe on the roads.
Once you have all your safety equipment, remember to check steering, gears, pedals and brakes to ensure proper function.
We hope these tips help keep you safe on the road. For added safety, consider bicycle insurance from Markel. Markel Bicycle Insurance provides coverage for your bike and the things that are important to you like your spare parts, cycling apparel and accessories. Markel also offers optional Bicycle Liability, Medical Payments, Vehicle Contact Protection coverages and even Roadside Assistance. With roadside assistance, you can get nationwide 24-hour emergency service with up to 35 miles of transportation per breakdown – all for only $10 a year per bicycle.