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Top bicycle safety tips for commuters

Do you enjoy commuting to work on your bicycle? Is this something you're going to experiment with in the near future?

There are many benefits of bicycling to and from the office. For example, this can save you money on the cost of fuel. Also, it's more time efficient in many cities. And of course, it's a great way to get some exercise.

Unfortunately, riding your bicycle also comes with a few safety risks. Here are several bicycle safety tips that any commuter can follow:

-- Watch for opening doors. As you make your way down the road, an open car door can cause a serious accident. The best way to protect against this is to leave enough space between your bicycle and stopped vehicles.

-- Use hand signals. Although some motor vehicle operators don't understand bicyclist hand signals, it at least makes them aware that you are going to make a move.

-- Pass behind pedestrians. Passing in front of a group of pedestrians carries a greater risk than going behind these people.

Along with the above, there's one last thing worth noting: You should always wear protective safety gear, including a helmet. This may not be something you want to do on your way to work, but it goes a long way in keeping you safe.

Even if you follow these tips, you could still be involved in a serious bicycle accident. If you find yourself in this position, take the steps necessary to receive immediate medical care. From there, you can learn more about the accident and your legal rights.

Source: Bicycling, "5 Safety Pointers for the Urban Cyclist," accessed March 09, 2017

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