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What should I wear on my bicycle?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Vancouver is one of the most widely cycled cities in Canada. With so many cyclists on the road, all road users must take their safety into account. The key to coexistence is understanding and mitigating inherent risks. 

If you bike around the city, be sure you take steps to protect yourself. Primary among these safety measures is the use of proper gear. 

Safety gear essentials

You have several options when it comes to what you put on to ride. Some of the most effective safety gear can include:

  • A helmet: Your line of defense during a fall.
  • Reflective clothing: Makes you visible to drivers at night.
  • Lights and reflectors: Essential for early mornings and late evenings.
  • Gloves: Protect your hands and improve grip.
  • Eye protection: Shield your eyes from debris and insects.
  • Elbow and knee pads: Extra cushioning for joints.

It is also crucial to update your equipment occasionally to make sure it is intact, fits properly and remains effective at keeping you safe.

Whether commuting to work or riding with your kids around the neighbourhood, putting on the appropriate gear can be a crucial first step for a safe trip.

The limitations of safety equipment

While safety gear can significantly reduce injury risk, it is not a cure-all. The unpredictability of road conditions and human error remains. For instance, no helmet can prevent an accident caused by a distracted driver; no reflective jacket can stop a car from running a red light.

As such, there must be mutual respect and attentiveness from all road users to ensure cyclists’ safety and recognition of infrastructure and laws designed to protect those who travel on two wheels. In the event that someone fails to take this duty seriously and causes a bicycling accident, they can and should be accountable for damages.

Paving the way for a safe ride

Cyclists, like all road users, deserve to travel without fear. Wearing safety gear is a proactive step every cyclist can take. Yet, the ultimate safety lies in a shared commitment to road safety – drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians must uphold this responsibility.