Biking is not only a rigorous exercise and great for staying in shape, but it is also a fun and offbeat way to explore your new city. Let the best cross country movers help you unpack your bike and other belongings before checking out these tips for safe biking in an urban environment.
1. There are many hazards on the road that are specific to bicyclists, so In Town Bicycles recommends being particularly aware and alert to these. Sewer grates are common in city areas and can catch your bike tire and cause a serious accident. Other potential hazards include railroad tracks or steel cover plates that get slippery when wet, sand and other natural conditions on the ground, potholes and, of course, automobiles and pedestrians.
2. Bicycle Safe suggests that bikers ride as if they were invisible. This is not meant to be taken literally, as bikers should really be as visible as they can, with regards to wearing reflectors and bright clothing. However, this tip suggests that bikers should try to make it irrelevant whether cars see them or not, practically rendering themselves invisible. Cars should not have to move to avoid hitting you, because neither of you should be in that position in the first place.
3. While many state laws allow you to bike while wearing one earbud, NYC.gov strongly recommends not doing so at all. Not listening to music allows you to be much more vigilant and alert to your surroundings. Additionally, this takes away the temptation to use the hands free option on your cell phone and answer calls when they come in. Besides, listening to music will undoubtedly take your focus away from your surroundings. Your music and phone calls can wait until your exercise and sight-seeing trip is complete.