Happy, Safe Trails To You
So as we finally start putting away the snow shovels and snowboards (but hang on, the mountains may get more snow on Thursday so keep things handy) for the year, our thoughts can concentrate on getting outside, sans heavy jackets, and enjoying our outdoor recreation.
One of the great opportunities we have around the Cedar City area are miles and miles of biking trails that range from leisurely rides to challenging outings. But before we hop on the bike and head out for a ride, it might be a good time to review safety practices while riding, particularly since May is National Bike Safety Month.
National Bike Safety Month is an annual event that takes place every May in the United States. This month-long event is dedicated to raising awareness about bicycle safety and promoting safe riding practices for cyclists of all ages. The goal is to educate the public about the importance of bicycle safety and to encourage everyone to take the necessary steps to protect themselves while riding.
One of the most important aspects of bike safety is wearing a helmet. Helmets can greatly reduce the risk of serious head injuries in the event of an accident. It's important to choose a helmet that fits properly and to wear it every time you ride.
Another important aspect of bike safety is visibility. Cyclists should wear bright, reflective clothing and equip their bikes with lights and reflectors to make themselves more visible to drivers. They should also follow traffic laws and signals, use hand signals to indicate turns and stops, and ride in the same direction as traffic.
Drivers also have a role to play in bike safety. They should be aware of cyclists on the road and give them plenty of space when passing. They should check their blind spots and always use turn signals. They should also be patient and wait for a safe opportunity to pass a cyclist.
In addition to these basic safety practices, there are a number of other steps that cyclists can take to protect themselves while riding. They should choose safe routes and avoid busy streets whenever possible. They should also stay alert and aware of their surroundings at all times.
National Bike Safety Month is an important event that helps to promote safe riding practices and raise awareness about the importance of bicycle safety. By following these simple tips and taking the necessary precautions, you can help to reduce the number of accidents and injuries on the roads and trails, and enjoy a safe and enjoyable ride.
Now, for some suggestions on where you can take your next bike ride, keep scrolling.