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Common Bike Safety Myths

Updated: Dec 14, 2022

The importance of bike safety cannot be understated, with the dangers of traffic, various hazards and weather conditions all to contend with. Despite this, cycling is an increasingly popular way to commute, with nimble navigation allowing you to often avoid gridlocked vehicles, seamlessly keep fit, and get from point A to B in an environmentally friendly manner.

Many misconceptions still persist surrounding bike safety, from myths regarding road placement, reflective clothing and much more being construed as factual information. Within the following post, VeloRunner will take you through some of the most commonly believed statements around cycling which are actually false. Also be sure to browse our online catalogue for the latest exclusive deals, accessories or clothing for innovative and road-safe bikes.

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Anyone Can Ride At Night If They Wear Hi-Visibility Clothing

Though some see hi-visibility reflective clothing as an instant solution to the dangers of cycling in the dark, this isn’t always the case. Of course, reflective materials are great for such situations, and make you infinitely more visible to drivers, but anyone cycling in the dark should be equipped with the cycling competency to navigate through traffic while partially obscured. Children aren’t advised to cycle in the dark without adult supervision, and should always wear reflective clothing as well as a helmet.

A Helmet Isn’t Required For Short Journeys

A brief journey may not seem like the most important context in which to wear a protective helmet, but accidents can occur at any time, meaning that whenever you use a bike, your helmet should be worn. Statistics from The US shockingly suggest that almost three-quarters of fatal bicycle crashes which were recorded (74%) involved a head injury, with nearly all cyclists who died (97%) not wearing a helmet at the time. The unpredictability of road accidents dictate that you should always wear safety equipment, even for a 5 minute journey.

Riding At The Edge Of The Road Is Recommended

Many of us ride beside the pavement as a safety measure in case there is a need to mount the kerb away from danger, however this may unfortunately be inviting more harm than good. Riding near the edge of the kerb will also give traffic more room to pass you, but riding beside the kerb increases the likelihood of hazardous drainage grates,slippery kerb edges and obstructions which have blown into the road from the path such as waste bins and debris.

I Can Travel In The City With Any Bike

Though you can technically ride in the city on any bike, there are certain models, brands and designs which are ideal for city commuting, with boosted e-bikes, industry-leading road bike brands and lightweight yet durable foldable bicycles all making the journey to work a lot easier. Factor in the affordability of some of the very best branded bikes available from VeloRunner, and an upgrade will become increasingly tempting.

At VeloRunner, we’re committed to streamlining the process of acquiring the ideal cycling gear, running accessories, bicycles and shoes to satisfy your situation. As well as offering a comprehensive GAIT analysis service, we constantly update our online catalogue with leading brands, reputable independent retailers and rising organisations within the fitness and cycling industry. The professionals at VeloRunner can help you reach your full potential with tailored recommendations, so contact us today on 01785 818 055.

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