I read today on the Bike Portland site about the death of a cyclist in a car vs. truck accident. Apparently the cyclist "missed" a stop light while biking with no light, head phones, dark clothing and no helmet. Was he aware of the dangers of such behavior? While tragic fatal accidents like this aren't common, the person described sadly is. The Daily Camera reported recently on how CU is trying to Urge Cyclist to slow down on Broadway Bike Path due to the safety of all.
Tips you can do to prevent accidents
- Lights You don't need 100's of lumens, a simple $20 light does a lot in helping you be seen
- Open ears No headphones, your ears can act as your third eye
- Honor the Stop Why not? Would you run a stop sign in your car? Then why run it on a bike, the difference is?
- Wear a helmet No its not the law and I don't advocate it being the law but it is your head, aka, primary organ, so protect it.
I encourage feedback on this one.