As cycling is becoming the default method of transportation for many people, it is critical to address road safety for cyclists. Pennsylvania law requires that anyone riding a bicycle on roads and highways is subject to the same rules and regulations as other vehicles, with some exceptions.
Sharing the road with motorists requires cyclists to practice these safety measures to avoid devastating injuries.
Wear protective gear
Pennsylvania does not mandate helmets for bike riders over age 12, but wearing a helmet and other protective gear can dramatically improve cyclists’ chances of recovery if they sustain head or other injuries in a crash.
Carry essential equipment
Keeping hands free is essential for steering a bike. However, attaching water carriers, tire air pumps and horns to bicycles can increase safety during road trips.
Remaining visible to motorists is critical and includes riding in a lane’s center, avoiding curbs and staying behind large vehicles away from their blind spots. Wearing bright colors, attaching reflective strips to bikes and activating head and taillights in dim conditions reduces the risk of collisions with motor vehicles.
Know the local traffic rules
Operating traditional or electronic bikes requires knowledge and adherence to Pennsylvania guidelines and laws. These include riding with traffic flow, passing other vehicles and road obstructions from the right lane, avoiding freeways and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Using a cell phone or listening to music through headphones can cause cyclists to overlook dangerous conditions involving other vehicles, people or animals. Cyclists should remain vigilant whether riding on a busy or quiet Pennsylvania road.
Obtaining damages for severe injuries while riding a bike depends upon various factors, including a driver’s negligence, your contributory negligence, and the type of insurance you and a driver have.