There are many ways to enjoy your time while travelling at your destination. One of the most fun activities is riding a bike. It is a great way to explore many places in your travel destination. By cycling, you get around different places more efficient. Not to mention that is also a low-cost alternative to do. However, safety should come first no matter what. Cycling can be dangerous if you are not careful. You need to know basic safety tips for biking to ensure your safety especially when you are in foreign country where you don’t know really know the nature of their traffic.
Riding a bike safely when travelling in foreign country
Riding a bike is fun and all. However, it puts you at risk as well so you have to at least know basic rules of cycling. You may feel safer when you have company because you can watch each other’s back. Meanwhile, cycling alone requires you to be more aware of your surroundings especially when you don’t really familiar with the place you travel to.
Wear safety gears
Always wear safety gears if you want to ride a bike regardless of your destination. Helmet, knee-pads, and shoes are important to ensure your safety. Missing one of them will put you in higher risk of getting injured if accident happen. The injury can be severe if you skip one of the most important safety gears.
Know how to communicate with other road users
Riding a bike won’t allow you to give turn signals to others. There are no brake lights on your bike either to warn the others. Thus, you have to use hand gestures to communicate. Still, even hand signals can be hard to notice in the dark areas. To help ensure your safety, you can use specialized rear light which works the same like a car brake light. It helps you to give signal to other road users. There are also turn signals you can buy for your safety during cycling.
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Make your bike visible. It’s important!
To ensure your safety, make yourself and your bike visible to the other road users. Drivers won’t be able to see you clearly if you are invisible. Thus, it is also important to choose the type of outfit you are going to wear as well as the bike you are going to ride. You can also use particular light to help make your presence more visible to others. You can also try brighter and bigger light if necessary.
Do not sneak up behind pedestrians
It is so disturbing for them. They will get startled when you suddenly shout ‘watch out’ or ‘on your left’. It scares them. Be a responsible cyclist by using particular bells that can produce noise that is not annoying or disturbing when it is pressed. However, make sure the bells ring loud enough to notify the pedestrians or other road users that you are passing through. This is more polite compared to shouting.