|Don't worry. This was in New Zealand. That's why|
I'm on the other side of the road. The cars do it too.
- No headphones! Being able to hear what is going on around you is half of the fun of being outdoors but more importantly it is for your safety! You need all your senses to alert you if a vehicle, runner, or other cyclist is approaching.
- Obey traffic signs and signals just as if you were in a car.
- Use hand signals to let drivers and even other cyclists know what you’re doing.
- Ride on the right with traffic, not against traffic. (Unless you’re in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, or anywhere else where they like doing things a big opposite.)
- Stop and look both ways before entering a street.
- If on a path, make sure you ride to the right to allow others to pass. If on a road closed to traffic, the right lane is typically the slower lane. Be courteous of others.
- Don’t ride side-by-side or multiple riders across. (Be courteous to others.)
- Wear a helmet. (Sorry. I just didn’t think
we had said it enough here.)
The closest I could find to Gatorade out
on the road in Chiang Mai.
- Bring adequate nutrition/hydration. Always err on the side of over-estimation because we tend to underestimate what we need and sometimes go farther than we think we will. If you are riding with kids, bring a snack and beverage for each of them. You know they’ll need/want it; they want it if they go to run errands with you.
- Wear sunscreen (trust me).
- Wear protective eyewear. Eyes, like a brain, are pretty nice to have around.
- Teach your kids! Make sure they know the rules before they go out of the parking lot or the backyard where they have been learning how to ride their bicycles.
This was a just a little glimpse of a huge topic in sports: sports related head trauma. Football season just started, so we will most surely be talking more about this! In the meantime, get out and enjoy this awesome weather, but if you’re on a bike (or skating or whatever you’re doing), wear a helmet. ;)