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5 tips to help you stay safe cycling in traffic

Cycling along the busy streets of Malden can be a scary thought, especially if you are just getting back in the saddle after a long winter. It is perfectly normal to have a bit of fear when it comes to riding your bike in close proximity to fast moving cars and trucks.

One of the best things you can do to stay safe this cycling season is to brush up on the rules for sharing the road with city traffic. Follow these cycling safety tips to reduce your risk of a bike accident the next time you go for a ride.

Be alert

When you are cycling, it is important to have all of your senses available. Your eyes and ears are extremely important when it come to anticipating what the cars and trucks around you will do. In other words, you may need to rethink putting in your earbuds and rocking out to your favorite cycling playlist when you head out to log some miles.

Follow the rules

You should know and follow the rules of the road and traffic laws. Cyclists generally have to follow the same laws as motorized vehicles when it comes to right-of-way, signaling and various other traffic laws.

Make a plan

Before you put wheels down, plan out your route. Start with less traveled and familiar roads while you find your cycling groove. This will help you reacquaint yourself with your bike and become comfortable with everything from clipping in and unclipping to stopping and signaling. In addition, knowing your route beforehand will free up your attention to be more aware of what the traffic is doing around you.

Make yourself visible

The last thing you want to do when riding in traffic is to blend in. If you have ever wanted to experiment with wild color combinations, this is your chance. Throw on the bright and reflective accessories and a high-visibility helmet. This will make it more likely that people operating motorized vehicles will see you.

Remember that you have rights

While many drivers might disagree, you have just as much right to be on the roads as cars and trucks. Do not let aggressive or impatient drivers force you off the road. Take a deep breath, stand your ground and remember to always ride safely.

While the above tips can help you stay safe this cycling season, it may not be possible to avoid every accident. If you have been in a cycling accident, keep in mind that you might be able to file a claim for your injuries and other related damages.

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