As anyone who is a serious (or not-so-serious) cyclist knows, the occasional fall is an unavoidable consequence of riding a bike.
That is why Herndon cyclist and athlete’s lawyer Doug Landau is such a stickler for safety. In fact, a quick search on this site will reveal numerous postings about safe cycling. A recent full-page spread in Sports Illustrated Magazine, showing a crash at the Tour de France, reminds us all that professional cyclists know how to fall. It is part of their training. And, they always wear helmets and have medical assistance nearby during races.
Those of us who are not quite professionals, but nonetheless spend any time on a bike, must remember to always protect ourselves from a fall. Even though we cannot have medical assistance near us at all times, we can certainly follow other safe cycling rules:
- always wear a helmet;
- wear reflective clothing;
- ensure working headlights and taillights on your bike;
- observe traffic rules if riding in the streets;
- be aware of your surroundings – be alert for pedestrians, unsafe road/trail conditions, etc.