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Be Safe & Be Seen When Cycling in Florida

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We think that cycling is one of the best activities that you can get involved in. Not only will it get you where you need to go, but it’s a great way to keep the mind and body healthy. And Florida is such a great place to cycle both because here in the Sunshine State we enjoy warmer weather all year round, and we’re lucky to be surrounded by the most awesome scenery, from the coast roads to scenic creeks and wildlife. The team at Jenkins Law P.L are compassionate and experienced bicycle accident attorneys.

However, Florida is the deadliest state for cyclists and the roads are poor for biking. Sadly, the number of deaths and accidents for cyclists on the roads is double the number of our nearest state.

Now, as you know we’re big on staying safe out there. You may recall the number one top tips for exercising outdoors safely on our blog. We want to equip all you cycling enthusiasts with our biking dos and don’ts so that you can be safe and seen when pedaling through Florida. Take a spin through these safety tips :

The Fit

We’ve covered the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling, so don’t leave the house without it.  Choose a helmet that meets the SPSC standard for safety and fits well. Full or partial finger gloves are essential for protecting the hands. 

When it comes to cycling apparel, it should be not only comfortable but also visible – choose clothing with bright colors and reflective strips so that you can be seen, especially at night. 

The Rules

Know the rules of the road and obey them. Thinking about hand signals, make sure that you help drivers to know what your intentions are. Stop signs apply to cyclists as well as drivers, so never ignore these signs. Never make sudden and unexpected moves on the road and be predictable to other road users. Ride with the flow of traffic, never against it, to ensure that you’re seen.

The Bike

Your bicycle should receive regular inspection, maintenance, and cleaning. It should be in good repair if you want to stay safe on the roads. Always inspect your bike before the first ride. Pay attention to the tires – they should be inflated with no signs of damage. The brakes could save your life, so always make sure to check these in advance of any rides. 

The bike chain and gears should be kept well lubricated and clean, and the bolts on a bike should be neither too tight nor too loose, as this may cause damage or failure. If you don’t feel confident about making repairs yourself, always ask a professional.

Back on Track

Despite all of your best efforts when it comes to safety, accidents still happen. If you have had the misfortune of experiencing the trauma of a bicycle injury, you may be seriously injured. Thankfully, the team at Jenkins Law P.L are compassionate and experienced bicycle accident attorneys and know how to help you claim the compensation that you deserve. Contact us to see how we can get you back on track. 

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