The sun is shining and it’s a great day to get outside with your bike. What could be more adventurous and challenging when biking on the road? Perhaps when you’re sharing the road with other vehicles?
Biking is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Many accidents related to biking results in injury or death. Usually, it is associated with the bicyclist behavior such as not wearing a helmet, bicycling without stopping, suddenly swerving whilst a car is behind, running whilst traffic lights are red, and riding the wrong way in traffic.
People do biking for different purposes. It may be for recreation, fitness, or daily commute. Whatever the reasons are, bicycling is a good way to maintain overall health. It can be a fun and effective way to improve your joint health, muscle tone, lung capacity, and cardiovascular function.
Biking can put you at a very high risk of accidents if you don’t include safety measures. Therefore, it is important to scan the road for sudden changes and look for potential hazards.
Are You a Bike Rider or a Bike Driver?
There is a huge difference between being a bike rider and being a bike driver. One is simply getting to places with your bike and the other one is getting to places with your bike, BUT having extra precautions and more control to improve safety while on the road.
Frank Gmeindl, certified League Cycling Instructor in West Virginia, US, recommends these tips for a safe bicycle ride:
- Ride like a vehicle
- Be predictable
- Be seen
- Take the lane
If you haven’t done these before, you were putting yourself in harm. These suggestions from Gmeindl can save your life.
Additional Tips for a Safer and More Efficient Biking
Having a bicycle that suits your needs and fits your body is essential for happy biking. Even if you’re less prone to accidents, sometimes your bike itself can put you at harm. If your bike is improperly fitted, it can cause discomfort and increase your risk of injuries.
Some physiotherapists offer bike fit services where they assess the following:
- Biking style
- Injury history
- Body dimensions
- Bike frame size
- Bike set up
- Body flexibility
- Muscle control
- Biking position
Having a physio for a bike assessment provides comfort, prevent overuse injuries, and improve biomechanics for better efficiency and performance, which can ultimately lead to more enjoyable and safer biking while you’re on the road.
Following Gmeindl’s biking suggestions optimise safety. Cyclists who stand out are safer. Ensure that you’re always following safety measures and let others know your presence while you’re on the road.
To wrap things up, always remember to be aware and cautious about traffic and other hazards. In addition, you should also be aware of how your body feels like while on your bike. Here at i Physio Perth, we definitely agree that biking should be about safe enjoyment, not hazard and pain.
If you have had discomfort while biking or simply looking to improve your performance, you could benefit from a bike fit. See a Perth physiotherapist. Call us at 9444 8729 today!