Summer Cycling Safety

June 18, 2014 by

There's no better way to feel the wind in your hair than a summertime bike ride! I'm no expert on cycling safety, but my friend Denise D'Amour is. I asked her to share her top tips for bicycle safety and she graciously agreed. Learn more about Denise below.

bicyclesSchool is finally out and kids of all ages are getting outdoors to bicycle along the roads and trails. Here are some of my favorite tips for keeping you safe during the summer cycling season.

  • Always wear a properly-fitted CPSC-approved bicycle helmet. Wear it over the forehead about two fingers' width from your eyebrows for maximum protection.
  • Use front and rear blinky lights, even during the day! The more visible you are, the safer you'll be.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that will "wick" moisture from your body to keep you cool. Wearing a cotton t-shirt will only make you hotter.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Always carry a water bottle with you or a hydration back pack.
  • Never wear headphones. You need your ears to hear cars, cyclists, runners or skaters.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order, the tires are inflated to the pressure listed on the side of the tire, and that the brakes are adjusted. Most local bike shops will be happy to help you.

For more information, check out the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling tips http://bikeleague.org/content/smart-cycling-tips-0Denise D'Amouris President of Capitol Hill Bikes in Washington D.C., which was recognized as one of America's Best Bike Shops in 2013 by the National Bicycle Dealer Association and is the only independently owned bike shop on Capitol Hill. Learn more about Capitol Hill Bikes here or on Facebook.