One of the best ways to see the beach is on a bicycle. Whether exploring Ocean City or cruising the Atlantic City Boardwalk, riding a bike allows you to soak in the sights while getting fresh air and exercise. However, many hazards exist, as many bicyclists are near cars and pedestrians. Following these safety tips will help you enjoy a stress-free summer at the beach.
Know the Traffic Laws for Bicyclists
It is essential to understand that the same rules apply to bicyclists as drivers, which means following the same traffic signs and lights. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signals, ride on the right side of the road, obey lane markings, and ride along with traffic.
If possible, you must use the designated bike lanes. You should also yield to pedestrians if riding on the sidewalks. Children under 10 years old should ride on the sidewalk instead of the street.
Check Your Bike
Before going out on a ride, ensure your bicycle is operating in good order. Check the following:
- Tires and wheels.
- Bell or an audible signal.
- Seat height.
Wear a Helmet
In New Jersey, it is legally required for anyone under 17 years old to wear a helmet while biking. Even if you are older than 17 years old, wearing a helmet is still highly recommended; they can prevent serious head injuries should an accident occur.
Make sure your helmet meets the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation and that it fits snugly after adjusting the chin strap.
You want to operate a bicycle while remaining as visible as possible, which can help prevent an accident. Wear light-colored for riding during the day, and use reflective materials for riding at night. Stop at intersections and corners of streets to watch out for cars and ensure drivers see you. Use hand signals when making turns so others around you know your intentions: a right hand straight out means you are turning right, while a left hand straight out stands for turning left. Also, use your bell when necessary. Using your bell alerts drivers, pedestrians, and other bike riders.
Ride Within Your Abilities
Always ride a bicycle that is appropriate for you, and keep at least one hand on the handlebars. This means you cannot carry any loads, packages, or bags that would prevent at least one hand on the bars.
Never hitch or grab onto moving vehicles. Do not try to perform any stunts or tricks. Avoid busy streets, and do not weave in and out of traffic or between cars, even parked cars.
Pay attention to your surroundings, always keeping your eyes and ears focused on what is around you. Watch for obstacles that can cause an accident, such as potholes, wet surfaces, railroad tracks, or cracks in the pavement. Do not wear headphones because you need your full attention when riding your bicycle.
Atlantic City Personal Injury Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Help Bicyclists Who Have Been Injured by Negligent Drivers
You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured in a bicycle accident because of another party’s negligence. Speak with one of our Atlantic City personal injury lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm. Call us at 609-926-3300 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients across South Jersey, including the communities of Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.