Biking around New York City is becoming more and more popular these days. There are even working people who would rather pedal their bikes to work than drive their car or ride a taxi or bus. Yes, it is more tiring to go to work or even go around the city on a bicycle, especially NYC is a big and busy city, but it can do a lot for your heart and your health as long as you do it properly. Plus, you can even save up on gas or your transportation allowance and can even help you decrease your carbon footprint.
If you are already contemplating on buying a bicycle to ride going to your workplace, here are some of the practical tips you need to keep in mind for your safety and protection:
1. Put on your protective gear
Make sure that every time you go out to bike around, you are wearing your protective gear such as helmet, arm, and knee patches. There are a lot of vehicles you will battle with on the street and accidents happen when you least expect them, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
2. Drive in the bicycle lane
Even if you consider yourself a hustler in riding a bike, you still shouldn’t contend with the cars, buses, and motorbikes on the street. Avoid driving on sidewalks, too, since it can imperil the pedestrians who may not see or hear you. It is best to look for bicycle lanes on Google maps before you go. Be a responsible cyclist. Central Park has nice bike lanes and you can even rent a bike – Bike Rental Central Park – Official Website.
3. Make sure to use hand signals
Cyclists have their own set of hand signals they can use to tell the other drivers if they are going right or left or if they are slowing down. Make sure you are aware of that and know it by heart to avoid an accident on the road.
4. Drop the tunes
Yes, it is more enjoying to ride a bike while listening to your favorite playlist, but it is also not safe. You have to understand that while driving, you need all your senses active. If you use earphones, it can block the traffic noise, and it can cause accidents if you can’t hear whose honking behind you or if there’s a fast vehicle beside you. If you want to listen to music while driving, you can just opt for a small portable radio.
5. Take your “sweet time” while driving
Not unless you are joining a biking marathon, it is okay to just drive at a medium pace. Leave your house early so you have enough time and you can enjoy the ride rather than be time pressured.
6. Avoid biking in your office outfit
Of course, you wouldn’t want to arrive in your office looking like a drenched cat. Thus, it is better just to wear a comfy shirt and pants while biking to work. If you have a shower room in the office, you can even plan to bike early so you can arrive early at the office and you still have time to shower and change in your proper work attire. Don’t forget to bring your toiletries.