Bicycle Safety: How to Not Get Hit by Cars
This page shows you real ways you can get hit and real ways to avoid them. This is a far cry from normal bicycle safety guides, which usually tell you little more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law. But consider this for a moment: Wearing a helmet will do absolutely nothing to prevent you from getting hit by a car. Sure, helmets might help you if you get hit, but your #1 goal should be to avoid getting hit in the first place. Plenty of cyclists are killed by cars even though they were wearing helmets.
Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.
The Bicycle Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE) is intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who bicycle. BIKESAFE is an expert system that allows the user to select appropriate counter-measures or treatments to address specific problems. BIKESAFE also includes a large number of case studies to illustrate treatments implemented in communities throughout the United States. BIKESAFE has a lot of tips for new urban riders, so be sure to check it out.
Check out this animation to see all the hazards a bicycle driver faces when trying to stay too far to the right in the right-hand lane.
Once you have an idea of where bicycle-related problems and issues exist in your community, you can begin to implement solutions that will make your streets safer, more accessible, and more inviting to bicyclists. Each community member or agency can take part in some or all of the activities described above to improve the bicycling environment. The more comprehensive the approach, the more likely you are to achieve long-lasting success.
Ride Illinois Bicycle Safety Quiz
Ride Illinois has developed safety quizzes for adult and child cyclists as well as motorists. Bicycle safety quizzes should be offered by bike sales and rental organizations to anyone buying or renting a bike. Ohio City Bicycle Co-op in Cleveland, where Sylvia bought her beloved Peugeot bicycle, offered a quiz to anyone buying a bike to test their riding skills. OCBC also offers free safety classes. OCBC is a model of what bike stores should do. Members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are planning on encouraging bike rental shops in SF to give renters a quiz and requiring them to wear helmets.
League of American Bicyclists
Find out when and where there is bike safety course near you taught by an instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). You can also find on the LAB website links to biking tips and a series of short videos on bike safety.
The Ultimate Bike Safety Guide
This is a great bike safety site, linking to numerous other websites w/ bike safety information. It has sections entitled: Bicycle Safety Resources and Educational Tools, Bicycling and The Law, Bike Safety For Kids and Bicycle Safety Advocacy Groups.
Kid’s Bicycle Safety Guide
It’s as easy as riding a bike! That’s an expression that has been used for decades, and it refers to the fact that once you learn how to ride a bike, it’s a skill that you will never forget. While riding a bike for the first time gives children a sense of excitement and adventure, to parents it can be a nervous experience. From the time that parents take off the training wheels, children are out of parents control and are subject to all the fun and dangers of biking in the outside world.
Kids Health Bike Safety
Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries.
This link has good information for parents to know about their kids’ safety needs. It has many useful links to other websites with kids’ bike safety information
Bicycle Training in the Netherlands
Bicycle training in the NetherlandsBike safety begins young in the Netherlands where hundreds of thousands of kids ride to school each day.
Intersection Design the Dutch – Cycle Friendly – Way
This is the proper way to design an intersection that’s safe for pedestrians and cyclists, again the Dutch:.
Beyond Safety in Numbers: Why Bike Friendly Cities are Safer
This is an interesting study on why bike-friendly cities are safer for cyclists.