Do you ride your bike to work?

Save money on insurance, ride your bike!

Be sure to let your insurance company know if you switch over to biking to work. You can save some hard-earned dollars this way and burn off calories at the same time. Of course, you are reducing your carbon footprint and being kind to the environment. Mother Nature is beautiful this time of year so why not get out there and enjoy it?

If you decide to start riding your bike to work then you need to remember a few bicycle safety tips. You could be a little rusty so read these over before setting off:

  • Be sure to stop and look in all directions be riding out of your driveway, lane or an intersection. Most cycling accidents involving children occur because the child does not look when riding onto a roadway. Remember that when you are riding with your children you are a role model. Teach your children well.
  • You should think about what you are going to wear when you are riding a bicycle. Trailing scarves can get caught up in your spokes. Cars do not always pay attention to you so bright or reflective clothing is a good idea. When riding at night you should have a working headlight with a rear red light and a rear red reflector.
  • Be courteous. Ride on the right hand side of the road in single file. You know vehicles have a blind spot, be aware of where you are. You can make eye contact with the drivers when appropriate. This lets them know what you are doing and shows that they are aware you are there.
  • Wear a helmet. It could save your life.
  • Plan your route. Know what is coming and where there may be areas of higher risk.
  • Ride defensively. You want to enjoy the ride but you need to be aware of what the traffic is doing and be prepared to get out of the way if necessary. This is not a race, slow down in the curves.
  • Know your hand signals as you must indicate what you are doing when you approach an intersection.
  • Use the bicycle lane if there is one available. The cars need to respect your lane and should be yielding to you while in the lane.
  • Be sure your bike is in good working order. Check your tires and make sure everything is functioning correctly before you start off on your ride to work.
  • Enjoy!