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Any experienced cyclist knows that while you may be biking on city streets, it is still a jungle out there. 


For its many benefits, cycling still has its share of hazards. But bike safety isn't hard to understand. Knowing the dangers and how to protect yourself will allow you to embrace the cycling lifestyle safely. 


Here are some quick numbers about bicycle accidents in the United States:

- 75 percent of bicycle accidents occur in urban areas

- 4 PM to 12 AM: Time period in which most bicycle casualties occur

- 75 percent of bicycle accidents happen at or near road junctions


Most common causes of bicycle accidents:

- Open car doors

- Not being seen: Distracted drivers, poor visibility

- Drivers failing to yield 


Now that you know some of the risks of cycling, it's time to take action. Here are some bike safety tips you should consider before going out on your next ride:


1. Check your equipment

Before your next ride, adjust your seat and check your brakes and wheels. If you have recently been in a cycling collision, use this helpful bike checklist to thoroughly inspect it before getting back on the road.


2. Be alert

Stay focused on the road and watch our for obstacles. Do not listen to music or use your cell phone.


3. Obey traffic laws

Think of yourself as another driver because you are one! Obey traffic signs and lights. Ride with the flow of traffic.


4. Be heard 

Use a bike bell to alert drivers of your location.


5. Be seen

Wear bright, reflective clothing. Use bike lights to maximize your visibility. Revolights has 360 degrees of illumination. And of course, remember to signal! Communication is key.


6. Assert your space

Cycle away from the curb to encourage drivers to give you clearance. As of January 2014, 22 states passed bike safety laws requiring drivers to dive cyclists three feet of clearance when passing.


7. Protect yourself

Always wear a helmet. It is your last line of defense.


Revolights encourages you to always put bike safety first. We want you to enjoy the ride for years to come. For more information, please refer to our bicycle safety guide.




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7 Responses


July 18, 2014

The first two statistics are meaningless. If more than 75% of riding occurs in urban areas, then it is actually safer than rural areas. And cycling conditions at 5 PM are very different than 11 PM. A statistic without context is useless.

But always, always be careful near intersections.

Paula Oppermann
Paula Oppermann

June 12, 2014

I try so hard to give bike riders more than 3 feet when I pass them with my car. It would be horrible to hit a rider especially if they had to make an emergency swerve. Our old Mercedes had a bike bell on it which was such a nice way of saying “I am behind you” much better than a horn. Is it fair to ask for 3 feet of separation when bikers pass me on the sidewalk or the Burke Gilman trail when I walk to the far right of the pavement. Should I give hand signals when I intend to turn left from one side walk to another so bikers won’t pass me on the left. I sure don’t want to hit you on your bike when I drive and I sure don’t want to get hit by a bike while I walk.


June 11, 2014

Hi @Netro, thanks for asking. Here’s a link to the source:


June 10, 2014

Could you please provide source for main reason of bike injuries? Thanks a lot

Rick Rickard
Rick Rickard

June 10, 2014

Great info, but please try to avoid use of the term “accident.” Most times, it’s not an “accident,” but rather an incident or crash caused by inattention, stupidity, or inadequate infrastructure. The term accident implies that it was accidental and could not be avoided; most bicycling incidents could be avoided if facilities were adequate and drivers (and cyclists!) were more aware.

Jon Spangler
Jon Spangler

June 10, 2014

Your recommendations are excellent, with one exception: the “door zone” is usually wider than 3 feet, since many car and truck doors are up to 56-60 inches wide.

I recommend two strategies:

1. Measure—with a tape measure—how wide 10-20 car and truck doors are in your own neighborhood. I think you will find that most doors are 36 inches wide—or wider. (The door on a Ford F-250 double-cab pickup truck measured 54-55 inches.)

2. Ride so that the right-hand edge of your handlebar—NOT your tire track—is 5 to 6 feet from the widest, furthest-out vehicle parked over a 2-block distance. Stay 5-6 feet out from that truck or car all the time so that any suddenly-opened door will be at least 1 foot (12 inches) to the right of your handlebar so you do not have to swerve.

If you do both of these you will probably not be doored. (There are no guarantees.)

Jon Spangler
League Cycling Instructor #3175
League of American Bicyclists

raul a ferrin
raul a ferrin

June 10, 2014

A light on all side of the axel where it displays a white cloud around the bike to the ground to give a visual to everyone else of the 3 feet cushion of safety try working on that, perhaps a sensor of up coming headlights of a car and flashing arrow under the seat to tell driver to go around, try that one, or a vest that plug’s into the bike mini generator for safety vest lights, wear that! A headlight on the helmet that always points forward shaped curved with the brim of the helmet, or cap, heads-up

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