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Making yourself visible on a bicycle

Bicycling is a great way to get in shape or to stay in shape. Many people ride bikes for fun or even to work or school each day. There are plenty of ways to stay safe on a bicycle, including wearing a helmet, knee pads and shoulder pads. All of this is good but you need to make yourself as visible as possible when on a bicycle, even during the day. Here are some tips for doing just that in California.

Use a headlight and taillight even during the day. A headlight makes it that much easier for drivers to spot you on the roads. Clouds, fog and haze all cause vision problems for drivers. A headlight and a taillight on a bicycle can increase your visibility greatly.

Wear colorful gear. You don't want to dress all in black or navy blue even when the sun is shining. You need to wear bright colors. This includes neon-reflective gear such as a jacket, pants and gloves. Even put reflective striping on your clothes and helmet.

Become a predictable rider. This means that you don't swerve in and out of traffic. You should also use the proper hand signals when turning or changing lanes.

If there is no designated bike lane, you need to make yourself visible to cars traveling in your lane. This is done by placing yourself in the middle of the lane for all to see. This also helps you avoid trash and other debris on the side of the road.

Being injured in a bicycle accident can be traumatic and can alter your life. You might miss ample time at work, which leads to debt from unpaid medical bills. Be sure you protect yourself as much as possible the next time you go for a bicycle ride in Cypress.

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