Recently, Toledo launched a bicycle rideshare program called ToleGO. This system, operated by a private company, allows you to rent a bike from various locations around the city. Using an app on your phone, you unlock a bike, use it until you are finished, then relock it and leave it.
If you do not own a bicycle, ToleGO can be a convenient way for you to get around and a healthy alternative to driving. At the same time, if you have not ridden in a while, or if you are just picking up biking for the first time, you may not be aware of how risky it can be. Motorists often fail to yield to bikes, and many streets in Toledo lack bike lanes, adequate lighting or other protections. As a result, thousands of riders throughout Ohio and the United States are caught in serious bicycle accidents each year.
How to reduce the risk of a bicycle crash
We do not want to scare you out of giving ToleGO a try if you are an inexperienced rider. There are steps you can take to maximize your personal safety and reduce the chances of getting hit by a car, truck or SUV. Here are seven bike safety tips to help keep yourself safe:
- Wear a helmet whenever you ride
- Before getting on a rideshare bike, look it over for signs of disrepair
- Adjust the seat height so that you are comfortable and can reach the pedals
- Make yourself as visible as possible, especially at night, by wearing reflective clothing and putting stickers on your helmet. The bicycles ToleGo offers include lights for this reason
- Follow traffic laws, such as signaling your turns and obeying traffic lights and signs
- Stay focused. Don’t wear headphones while riding, and always be watching for motor vehicles, as well as potholes, traffic cones and other obstacles
- If you are carrying baggage, make sure it is stowed properly so that nothing falls out and trips you up
Following these tips can improve your chances of a safe ride. Ultimately, though, you must depend on the attention, skill and goodwill of the car and truck drivers around you. And not every motorist you encounter will give your safety the level of care you legally deserve.
Injured riders in Toledo deserve compensation
When a bicycle gets hit by a car, it is the rider who usually gets hurt the worst. If this happens to you, you owe it to yourself and your family to make sure you get maximum financial compensation from the negligent driver who injured you. Talk to a personal injury attorney about how that can happen.