By Andrea Johancsik
Imagine cycling on a road packed with cracks and potholes, rain streaming through the neck of your raincoat, and all forces against you: gear weighing down your back tire, 25km/hr sideways wind, pulling a 50lb trailer. Then, you approach a near vertical hill (at least, that’s what it seems) with dread. Unless you’ve toured before, this might be difficult to imagine; experiences on the road are much different on a bike than a car. However, the scene described has been the reality of the East Coast Tour members the last week.
Road safety is the responsibility of both cyclists and drivers. Otesha tours consider safety seriously, so here is our compilation of lesser-known safety tips, in order to encourage readers to think carefully about how their actions on the road affect others.
1. Avoid putting your leg on a curb at an intersection. Doing this indicates to a car to drive right next to you. Take your deserved space – you’ll be more visible.
2. Bike 1m from the right white line or curb. Cars will see you, and you’ll avoid hazards such as manholes.
3. Learn and use proper hand signals. Pretend to be in Vaudeville and cars will get the hint.
1. Make a full pass. Give as much space to a cyclist as any other vehicle. If you can’t see in front to pass safely, slow down and watch those cyclists’ legs with envy until you can. Expect cyclists to travel in groups!
2. Be cautious of honks. Friendly honks are appreciated, but only from IN FRONT of the cyclist.
3. Expect the unexpected. Cyclists maneuver more quickly than cars.
We believe there will be less road rage if cyclists and drivers respect each other and practice patience. Be safe on the roads, and happy motoring!