Bicyclists and drivers often share the road with no issue, but these three tips will help ensure your safety when cycling near traffic.
1. Follow Traffic - When riding, go with the flow of traffic, always traveling in the same direction as the cars on your side of the road. While drivers expect this, they might not expect a cyclist going against traffic and heading right for them. It can also prove dangerous for other cyclists, who will have to adjust their course to go around you.
2. Stay Alert - Music might make your ride more enjoyable, but those headphones could distract you from a potential traffic hazard. It is also a bad idea to use your phone while riding. Not only does doing so distract you, but it also prevents you from keeping both hands on your handlebars.
3. Avoid Main Streets - Taking advantage of neighborhoods and side streets where there are often fewer cars and slower drivers can help protect you from an accident. You will likely have to cross busy intersections on big streets, but you do not have to ride on them. Cutting through neighborhoods might even save you time on your ride.