Safety Tips for Bicyclists in a Busy City
California has many heavily populated towns, and San Luis Obispo is a busy city for families and workers. Many working people choose to bike as their primary mode of transportation, especially through busy and heavily-trafficked cities. Bicycling is better for the environment than driving, and it also is a great form of exercise and cardio. If you are thinking about biking more and you want to know how to navigate your busy city streets, read on for these helpful safety tips for a bicyclist:
- Pass other cyclists on the far edge of the lane: Just like when you’re driving, you should pass other cyclists the same way: use the far left of the bike lane to pass others. If the bike lane is to the left of traffic, pass on the right.
- Lock your bike: Big cities have a bigger chance of theft, so it’s crucial to learn how to keep your bike safe from bike thieves. Buy a heavy-duty bike lock and secure your gear properly.
- Buy the right bike: Depending on where you live, you’ll need a suitable bike to take on the specific terrain you’ll be riding on. For city bikers, it’s best to purchase a simple single-speed bike. They’re lighter and require less maintenance, but if you live in a hilly city, you could go for a multi-speed bicycle.
- Know about any potholes or road damage on your route: Bicyclists need to be extra vigilant while riding through the city, because if you take your eyes off the road or space out for a second, you could run over a pothole or other road block and cause yourself serious injuries.
- Be cautious of pedestrians: Pedestrians are more aware of cars then bicycles because bicyclists are a much smaller visual target than cars, making them difficult to see, especially without aids like bright, reflective clothing. Be aware of any pedestrian jaywalkers that aren’t checking the bike lane before crossing; it will be up to you to swerve out of the way and also not hit any other cars, bicyclists or crossing pedestrians.
Is It Wise to Allow Night Hiking and Biking in SLO?
The San Luis Obispo City Council is considering opening up Cerro San Luis for nighttime hiking and biking. Is it a good idea?
The council is mulling approval on a pilot program that would allow limited after-dark recreation on the peak. The two-year pilot program would extend Cerro San Luis hours to 8:30 p.m. between November 5 and March 11. All other city open spaces would keep the same hours as usual, opening one hour before sunrise and closing one hour after sunset.
Proponents of the plan say that opening up the trail would allow people to enjoy nature after getting off work, which, during the winter, means getting off as the sun is setting. However, there are plenty of opponents. One argument against opening the peak is that human activity would disturb the native fauna that are active at night, such as owls, deer and mountain lions.
But perhaps the strongest argument against the proposal is the potential for more accidents. People would be more likely at night to suffer injuries while hiking or biking, and this increase in injuries could create unnecessary strain on emergency responders.
As of the most recent reporting, the City Council is split 3-2 in favor of the program. How do you feel about opening up Cerro San Luis for limited nighttime recreation? Or is the disturbance to the environment and wildlife plus the potential for serious accidents more trouble than it’s worth? Sound off in the comments.
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