Riding a bike is an increasingly popular mode of transportation in Florida and across the country. And whether people ride sporadically or they bike everywhere, safety should be a top priority. Unfortunately, sometimes safety is out of a cyclist’s control.
In this post, we will examine some of the most dangerous times and places for riders. We will also look at ways riders can stay safer and protect themselves from a serious accident.
When and where do bike accidents happen?
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following times and places are the most common for fatal accidents involving a bicyclist:
- 6 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. on both weekends (26 percent) and weekdays (20 percent)
- Urban areas (71 percent of fatal crashes)
- Not at an intersection (58 percent of fatal crashes)
- Daylight conditions (51 percent)
The conditions under which a bicycle accident is less likely to happen include:
- 3 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.
- Rural areas
- Riding in bicycle lanes
- At dawn or dusk
Based on these numbers, we can draw some conclusions. For instance, riders biking home from work or heading out for a ride after dinner could be at an increased risk of getting into a fatal crash, as are people who bike in busy areas but do not use bike lanes.
Avoiding dangerous times and places
To avoid a catastrophic bike accident, riders in Florida may want to rethink their habits, including routes and ride times. Opting for safer areas with bike lanes may take longer, but it could be safer. And riders might decide to hop on their bike in the morning before work instead of afterward.
If you do ride at times or in places that may be dangerous, practice defensive riding and always wear safety gear. You should also stay alert and follow traffic laws.
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that shifting your habits and prioritizing safe riding will prevent an accident when other people on the road fail to take these same precautions. However, these measures can make it more likely that you arrive at your destination safely.