As gas prices climb, more people looking for ways to go green are embracing cycling as a sustainable way to travel. As the number of cyclists increases, however, so does the number of bicycle accidents. 51,000 cyclists in the United States were injured in 2009, up from 43,000 two years earlier. Fortunately, basic safety guidelines can help new and experienced cyclists alike avoid most kinds of accidents.
The majority of collisions between motorists and cyclists occur when a car pulls out of an intersection into the path of a bicycle. The vehicle either hits the side of the bike or stops suddenly so the bicycle hits the driver's side of the car. By using a horn or a bell, or even yelling, when you see a car at an intersection ahead, you will grab the motorists' attention. In addition, biking slowly across intersections can give you ample time to stop if necessary.