Tips for Safer Cycling on the Road

Tips for Safer Cycling on the Road

Cycling offers a lot of benefits for riders. It is an excellent form of exercise, and it helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions. These benefits have inspired people all over the world to take up cycling as a form of recreational activity. That said, people new to cycling need to know the safety precautions they should take in order to stay safe while biking outdoors. Here are some of them:

Wear a Helmet

Wearing a helmet is the number one rule that you shouldn’t forget when you are out riding your bike. No matter how short your route may be or how little motor vehicle traffic there is, it is essential to wear your helmet. A helmet can effectively reduce your risk of serious injuries caused by bicycle accidents. It would also be wise to wear gloves so you can have a better grip on your handlebars.

Look Ahead

When biking, always keep your eyes peeled and on the road. It helps if you do not look at the ground when cycling. If you need to look at your chains or brake pads, stop on the side of the road and inspect it carefully. Do not do it while you are on the move. It is critical that you see what’s in front of you so you can quickly react and maneuver when necessary.

Plan Your Route

Plan Your Route


It is best to know the route you’re going to take before setting out on your bike. This will allow you to prepare for areas where you should bike with caution and identify which side of each road you’ll want to be on. Unlike walking, where you travel on the sidewalk facing traffic, you should be riding on the road like a car or in a designated bike lane. If possible, it would be best to avoid busy roads with a high volume of traffic during your ride. When you plan your route, it’s also an excellent time to check out what local laws and rules are in place so you don’t end up receiving a ticket.

Practice Proper Bike Maintenance

Make sure that you always maintain your bike in its optimal state. The chains must be clean and lubricated at all times. Don’t forget to check your brake pads and change when necessary.

Know Hand Signals

Unlike motorcycles, most bikes do not have turn signals, and so you have to communicate your intention to stop, turn, or change lanes using universally recognized hand signals. Failure to send a signal can result in fatal accidents.

Be Wary of Hazards

Riding on two wheels exposes you to tons of road hazards. It is vital to identify road hazards, such as:

  • Rough and even road surface.
  • Sharp objects that can cause a flat tire, unsafe maneuver, and loss of balance.
  • A slippery road that can cause poor traction and lose control of the bike.

Best Practices When Cycling

  • Never wear headphones while riding.
  • Except when making a hand signal, always keep both hands on the handlebar.
  • Make sure that both feet are always on the pedals.
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    If riding as a group, ride in a single file.
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    Wear a safety vest with retro-reflective material for easy visibility.
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    Always stop, look left, look right, and look left again before crossing a road.

Cycling is a fun activity, best for all ages. If you are unsure if you can ride safely outdoors and still want to cycle as a form of exercise, you can still do so by cycling indoors. It offers you the same exercise level minus the road hazards.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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