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Three Ways to Enjoy National Bike Month Safely

By Lependorf & Silverstein on May 18, 2015

New Jersey Bike AccidentMay is National Bike Month, and now that spring has come to New Jersey, bicyclists all over the state are riding our roads and trails. Bicycling offers good exercise, a fun family activity, and a way to commute to work, school, or hobbies while cutting down on harm to the environment.

If you and your bike aren’t ready to ride, however, injuries or accidents are more likely to occur. Here are three ways to improve your bicycle safety this May:

  • Clean and prepare your bicycle before you ride. After a winter in storage, your bicycle may have accumulated dirt, sustained damage, or developed loose parts that might cause an accident. Clean and check all parts of your bike to ensure they are in good working order, or ask a qualified bicycle mechanic to do the work.
  • Make sure your helmet fits correctly. A bicycle helmet can help reduce the risk of serious head and brain injuries, but only if it fits properly and is designed for bicycling. The helmet should not be too loose or too tight, and the strap should fit snugly. Double-check children’s helmets as well – kids may need a replacement if they’ve outgrown last year’s model.
  • Plan your route. Planning to ride through quiet neighborhoods instead of on busy main roads can help you reduce the risk of a crash and enjoy your ride. Remember to follow all traffic laws.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our Princeton bicycle accident lawyers are passionate about the sport of bicycling – and about helping our clients and neighbors bicycle more safely. If you’ve been injured in a bike crash, contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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