Virginia Bill to Give Bicyclists Additional Lane Clearance Defeated
Still, some action needs to be taken. The DMV reports alarming numbers of bicyclist injuries and even some deaths due to bike/car wrecks. Bike rider safety on the roads is clearly an issue of importance. Statistics over the years show steady rates of fatalities and injuries as a result of bicycle/car accidents. While you cannot control how motorists will drive, there are several precautions you can take to help prevent serious injury or even fatality when bicycling.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends always wearing protective gear, such as a helmet. Wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing is also beneficial, as it allows you to be more visible to drivers. Equipping your bicycle with a loud horn and headlight will assist in accident prevention as well. The PBIC suggests riding with the flow of traffic and watching out for turning cars among many other safety tips.