A bicyclist was killed in a collision with a car at West 29th Avenue and Perry Street in Denver this week, following the death of a bicyclist struck by an RTD bus on April 6th. With the warm weather, bicycle lanes are filling up so motorists need to be more aware. And bicyclists need to ride defensively.
Colorado has a particular statute relating to the duty of care of bicyclists when on public roadways. The most critical elements are that bicyclists have the same rights and duties as motorized vehicles. This means that bicyclists must stop at red lights, stop signs, and must obey all other rules of the road. Hand signals, etc., must be used, bicyclists must ride single file, and on the right side, as far to the right as is safely practicable.
But to stay safe, bicyclists should:
ALWAYS WEAR A PROPERLY FITTED HELMET IN GOOD REPAIR!!!
ALWAYS WEAR SHATTER PROOF EYE PROTECTION.
CARRY YOUR CELL PHONE, I.D., AND YOUR INSURANCE CARD
NEVER RIDE AT NIGHT WITHOUT PROPER LIGHTS AND REFLECTORS
WEAR A REAR VIEW MIRROR WHEN RIDING IN HEAVY TRAFFIC
KNOW THE BASICS OF BICYCLE REPAIR (putting a chain back on sprocket, changing a flat, tightening the seat post fittings, knowing how to adjust brakes, etc.)