Be Safe While Biking
Utah residents are currently being encouraged to stay home in light of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (Corona Virus). Engaging in solo activities like bicycling can provide some relief and avoid cabin fever. It can also provide a good source of transportation for those who require essentials like groceries. However, it is essential to take precautions. Bicycle accidents are still very common even though fewer people are out on the road; the last thing you want is to have to call already overloaded first responders. Requiring medical care for your injuries will also increase your risk of being infected with COVID-19. We will provide some safety tips to help you prevent this and protect yourself during these trying times.
Utah has an active cycling community and hosts numerous events for biking enthusiasts. As a result of the coronavirus, these have all been canceled or rescheduled. Bicycling on your own remains an option, but you need to take the following precautions:
Avoid crowded areas and make sure you are at least six feet away from others at all times.
Be cautious on trails and places with gravel roads; it would be unfortunate if you end up skidding and getting injured.
Pay attention and be alert to obstacles and traffic.
Properly maintain your bike, which can help prevent accidents.
Even if you pick a suitably remote spot to ride, bicycle accidents are a risk. Avoid distractions such as earbuds while riding, wear light, bright colors to ensure visibility, carry identification and let someone know when and where you’re going to be.
Be alert for emergency responders if riding near hospitals, police, or fire stations.
Be alert for reckless and distracted drivers.
Go slowly through grocery store parking lots, watching for people pulling in and out of spaces.
Stick to the bike lane and avoid highways or other heavily traveled areas.