Look behind you. I glance over my shoulder as I approach every driveway, intersection, and road hazard. Yes, every single one. A common car on bike incident is the right hook. This is when a car passes a cyclist, slows to turn right, and obliviously crosses the cyclist's path on the edge of the street.
Don't antagonize motorists. Last week someone threw fireworks at me from a passing car. That's insane, but it's hardly worth mentioning because episodes like these happen all the time. And while I always have to fight the urge to yell or make an obscene gesture, doing so puts me in a bad mood at best, and provokes Nike Air Max Cb 34 assault and battery at worst. Especially on isolated roads, being the bigger person and letting incidents like these roll off your back is the only way to stay safe, have fun, and protect our image as cyclists.
Staying Safe on Rural Roadsby neil bezdek
be an hour away, and it's not unusual to pedal a hundred miles against an unchanging backdrop.
At times the scenery's energizing. When I'm feeling fresh, the landscape and pavement stretching to the sky are an inspiration to crouch forward and hit the throttle. But as fatigue sets in and autopilot takes over, the flicker of an endless yellow line merely summons daydreams.
Avoid riding into the sunset. As I wrote last week, each day I gauge the wind and sunlight to select as pleasant a route home as possible. This is about more than enjoyment: Riding into the sun makes you virtually invisible to motorists. If you're stuck heading west at the end of the day, Nike Air Max Brown Suede
Pedaling along country roads warrants a specific set of safety considerations. As I roam the desert, I keep the following in mind.
try taking a meandering route. And when the sun's at your back, keep in mind that road users ahead will have difficult time seeing you.
Unfortunately, rural settings like these have similar effect on motorists. Speeds go up and attention spans go down.
Watch for oncoming traffic. Passing motorists often accelerate into the opposite lane without looking for cyclists in their path. Similarly, I shudder to think about how frequently I make fast right turns onto two lane roads without considering what might be might be fast approaching on the wrong side.
Don't expect motorists to see you. In city traffic, dense streets and attentive drivers mean the key to safety is being assertive and using the rhythm of traffic to your advantage. But as your bicycle carries you away from town, the safer place to be becomes the side of the road. Likewise, plan to dodge cars in intersections even when you have the right of way.
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Pause in high visibility places. I usually don't stop to change clothes, eat food, or even answer the call of nature (an essential skill for road racing, and practice makes perfect!). But I do wait until I'm a safe distance from blind corners or hillcrests before doing anything that compromises my focus.
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