As more cyclists hit the road to get and stay fit, the logistics industry has an interest in keeping people traveling on two-wheeled vehicles safe, too. Its owners want to make sure that roads are kept safe for everyone who is using them, and companies like CEMEX are taking on a leadership role in that regard. This firm has been proactive in taking steps to equip its vehicles, train its drivers, and provide education to cyclists about dangers in navigating around large vehicles.
All cyclists on the road should follow these basic safety rules to lower the risk of being involved in an accident:
Always wear a helmet.
Properly-fitted head protection greatly reduces the risk of injury or a fatality. A helmet should fit the level on the head, and the pads should be level all the way around. The strap should be comfortably snug without feeling tight.
Wear bright clothing to be visible to others on the road.
Other road users include drivers and pedestrians, and it’s important to be seen. Wear bright or fluorescent clothing in daylight and low light conditions. Reflective clothing should be worn at night. When traveling by bicycle at night, in the rain, or when the sky is overcast, make a point of using light. It will make the bicycle much easier to spot.
Stay well away from the kerb.
Cyclists should give themselves space on the left and not feel pressured to move close to the kerb if a driver behind them becomes impatient. Moving further into the road means a cyclist will be able to avoid most drain covers and roadside debris. It’s also an effective strategy for helping drivers to know when it’s safe to pass them.
Use hand signals to make intentions clear to other road users.
Use standard bicycle hand signals to clearly indicate turns and stops well in advance. Cyclists should always look over their shoulder before while indicating with one hand what their intention is. It’s a good idea to practice these hand signals while off the bike to get familiar with them before venturing out on the road.
Make eye contact with drivers.
Be aware of other road users. Make eye contact with drivers as a way to let them know that they have been seen. Cyclists should also make a point of making eye contact with pedestrians who are crossing the road as a way to lower the risk of a collision.
In addition, cyclists should take care to ensure they are aware of the road surface hazards, especially on the older roads, where some asphalt repairs create small, “slick” areas that could catch any cyclist out, especially in the rain, when it is wet.
By following these safety rules, cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians will be able to use the roads in a safe manner. The number of people enjoying riding bicycles is likely to continue to increase over time, and large vehicle operators will continue to do their part to help ensure that everyone on the road will be able to stay safe.