By Summer Banks FNS, SPT on Nov 29, 2018

The roadways can be a dangerous place, especially for cyclists. Staying up-to-date on cycling safety is extremely important. Statistically, for those who commute daily on a bicycle, the risks are increased. It is important to know how to avoid dangerous situations and be familiar with common risks. Safety gear is one key component of cycling safety. Another is taking classes and getting properly trained. Here are some important resources to keep you safe on the road.

Camera

Cycling Safety Camera

Why I Run With Cameras When I’m Cycling: This website outlines the usefulness of a cycle camera.
Cycling Weekly – Bike Helmet Cameras: Cycling weekly outlines the uses of cameras and reviews top picks.
Cycling UK – Helmet Cameras: This United Kingdom website offers valuable information about using a camera to increase cycling safety.
Scarlet Fire – Cycling Head Cams: Scarlet Fire has a great overview of cycling cameras and some recommended styles.

Equipment

Cycling Safety Equipment

REI – Learn Cycling: Rei has a vast number of articles all about safety equipment and cycling safety.
Adventure Cycling: Adventure Cycling has resources outlining safety equipment and safe bike touring.
Helmets.org: Another great resource from Helmets.org, this outlines all the key safety equipment needed while riding.
Australian Bicycle Council: The Australian Bicycle Council has studies and articles available on a wide range of safety equipment.

Safety Tips

Cycling Safety Tips

CDC – Bicycle Safety: Put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this resource gives tips on how to avoid accidents and reduce injuries while riding.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has several tips for how to choose and wear a helmet.
BicycleSafe.com: This great resource shows the common accidents and gives tips on how to avoid them.
Pedal Power Association: The New Zealand website, Pedal Power Association, gives in-depth tips about safe cycling.

Gear

Bicycle Safety Gear

Consumer Reports – Safety Gear: Consumer Reports put out this cycling gear list as a good jumping off point.
AdventureCycling.org: Adventure cycling explains how to pack for a long ride and all the gear you need and should have a safer experience.
Landry’s: Landry’s in Boston provides a useful overview of common cycling gear and its uses.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: This website has some extra resources and overview of cycling safety gear and common uses.

Vest

Cycling Safety Vest

Evan’s Cycles – Choosing the Best Cycling Vest Good tips on how to choose the best cycling vest.

Kits

Cycling Safety Kit

Cycling UK РSafety Kits: Cycling UK offers a great review of safety kits.
Better Heart Foundation – Cycling ClothesThe British Heart Foundation explains safety kits and how to choose a good one.

Glasses

Cycling Safety Glasses

Our Beautiful Planet – Cycling Glasses: Our Beautiful Planet outlines the usefulness of safety glasses and offers some suggestions.
IceBike.org – Winter Cycling Goggles: Important winter-riding tips for cycling goggles.

Courses

Cycling Safety Helmets

https://helmets.org/helmlaws.htm: Helmets.org focuses on helmets for cyclist, safety, and laws surrounding helmet use. This link provides information about cycling helmet laws. It is important to know the laws regarding helmets in each state as they can vary.
http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1139.html: Cyclehelmets.org provides a wonderful overview of bicycle helmets. This resource explains the pros and cons of using helmets.
https://helmets.org/stats.htm: Helmets.org provides useful statistics on helmets and cycling.
https://trl.co.uk/reports/PPR213: This article from The Future of Transport covers rotational injury that can occur when wearing a bicycle helmet.

Helmets

Cycling Safety Clothing

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753517313528: This study looks at bright yellow cycling jackets and their effect on rider’s safety.
http://m.kidshealth.org/en/parents/bike-safety.html: This website gives an overview of how to dress children for cycling safely.
http://www.icebike.org/winter-cycling-clothes-the-ultimate-clothing-guide/: This is a useful resource for those in colder climates.

Clothing

Cycling Safety Accessories

http://www.bicyclinglife.com/Administrative/Links.htm: This website offers many links to various websites.
http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/cyclists-guide-visibility-clothing-accessories-142322: Cycling Weekly has a comprehensive list of accessories for cycling safety.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2001/0515/p2007.html: American Family Physician covers how accidents can be prevented with various safety accessories.

Accessories

Cycling Safety Awareness

http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/community/drivers_edandenforce.cfm: Pedbike also has some helpful tips on how to raise awareness about speeding in the community. This includes drivers, cyclist and pedestrians.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/7505-01-promotebikesafety.pdf: This resource has all the ideas needed to promote cycling safety awareness on all levels.
http://www.bikemn.org/education/walk-bike-fun/supplemental-resources: This website has fun information for adults and children about raising safety awareness.

Awareness

Cycling Safety at Night

http://road.cc/content/feature/202811-six-tips-cycling-night-dont-let-dark-stop-you-riding: This cycling website outlines the keys to safe night riding.
http://www.neutralcycle.com/bike-lights-night-riding-laws-suggestions/: Neutral Cycle gives an overview of cycling light laws and additional suggestions for extra safety.
http://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/214008-12-best-reflective-garments-and-accessories-help-keep-you-visible-after: This gear guide shows good examples of what apparel is available for cyclists to wear at night to be properly seen.
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/58172: The City of Portland has some great info on riding at night and in the rain.

Nighttime Safety Tips

Cycling Safety Advice

https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives a great overview of cycling safely on the road. They cover everything from equipment to riding skills.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/11146a-preventbikecrashes.pdf: These tips, put out by the government and NHTSA helps cyclist avoid and prevent crashes.
https://www.emedicinehealth.com/bicycle_safety/article_em.htm: This overview is excellent advice for those looking to improve their ridding safety.
https://www.ebikekit.com/pages/safety-resources-for-cyclists: This website has several resource links to a variety of cycling related topics.

Advice

Cycling Safety Checklist

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/7505-06-abcquickcheck.pdf: This quick checklist put out by NHTSA covers the basic safety checks that should be done on a bicycle. This is especially important if the bike has not been ridden in some time.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/811557.pdf: This checklist is geared towards children and their parents. It has simple steps that can help families ride safely together.
http://www.bicyclinglife.com/SafetySkills/_private/INSPECT_ABC_Small.pdf: This checklist requires some knowledge of bicycle maintenance but it is a thorough safety checklist.
http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/bicycle-and-pedestrian-safety/bicycle-safety-checklist/: Put out by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, this is a great bicycle safety checklist.

Checklist

Cycling Safety Devices

http://www.hobbr.com/bicycle-safety-gadgets/: This is a great overview of cycling devices that aid in safety.
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/gadgets-to-boost-bike-safety/: The New York Times list of devices to help boost cycling safety.
http://cyclingincities-spph.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2012/09/EvidenceTrainingReport.pdf: This report looks at all aspects of cycling and ways to increase safety.
http://www.safestates.org/page/BicycleSafety: This resource page provides lots of information about safety.


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Summer Banks has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University.

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