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Staying Safe: Tips to Avoid a Bicycling Accident

As April showers give way to May flowers (well, allegedly given the weather this week), to quote the band Queen, I want to ride my bicycle.

Cycling is a great way to get from point A to B. It is fantastic exercise and its simply fun! There is something infectious about the wind in your hair (well, not too much wind in your hair, remember to wear a helmet!), and an effortless smooth glide down a hill. Here in London, Ontario, we are fortunate to have amazing cycling trails. My personal favourite is the Thames Valley Parkway that meanders along the Thames River.

I can’t recommend cycling highly enough.

However, when you are cycling, falls or collisions with pedestrians and vehicles can happen. To make the most of the warm weather, beautiful bike paths, and to avoid suffering an injury or being involved in an accident, here a few safety tips:

  • Wear a helmet with a securely fastened chin strap. They come in all shapes and sizes, find one that works for you.
  • Make sure your bike has front, rear, and wheel reflectors.
  • Have a working bell.
  • Have front and rear bike lights.
  • Bike defensively.
  • Wear reflective or bright coloured clothing.
  • Be aware of vehicles, pedestrians, other bikers, and, particularly around Harris Park, geese.
  • Use hand turning and stopping signals.
  • Obey traffic lights and signs.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians and vehicles as you would if you were in a vehicle.

Despite taking proper precautions, sometimes, sadly, accidents happen. If you are involved in bicycling accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to have your options explained to you.

Happy biking and see you on the trails!

John Petrella

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