Cycling in and around Lyme, NH, is scenic, relaxing and can also be a great workout. It’s especially easy to socially distance on your bike, in the great outdoors. There are many miles of paved trails in our area that keep you off of the road. While you still need to be cautious of other cyclists and pedestrians sharing the trail with you, at least you don’t have to worry about collisions with motor vehicles on these paths.
Whether you cycle a lot or only occasionally, chances are you will have to get into the roadway at some point, either to connect trails, commute or explore new areas. As such, all cyclists should be familiar with basic safety tips when it comes to sharing the road:
- Wear a helmet
- Travel in the same direction as traffic
- Wear a brightly colored article of clothing and/or brightly colored helmet
- Obey the same laws as you would in a car – stop at stop signs and red lights, signal your intention to turn, yield the right of way, etc.
- Ride on the right side of the road until you need to get over to make a left turn
- Use designated bike lanes when available
- Use a front and rear light when traveling at dusk, dawn or in the dark
- Avoid cycling in the dark
- Attach reflective tape or stickers to your bike, helmet and gear
- Never use headphones or earbuds while biking
- Stay alert and ride when you are rested
- In groups of 2+, ride in single file
- Keep your eyes on the road ahead, not down toward the ground
Cycling is a fun activity but it’s important to think like a motorist when you are traveling in the road. Doing so will help you avoid a collision with a motor vehicle, which can easily lead to catastrophic physical injuries. Certainly, the motorist is sometimes at fault, but you can mitigate your risk with the tips above and defensive riding.
If you have been seriously injured on your bicycle because of someone else’s negligence, then you deserve justice and maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about your options, please call (800) 909-LAWS (5297).