The bicycle, as we already have in ABC Motor, lives a new golden age. Following the Covid-19 health alert and confinement, cities have begun to draw a new mobility map that is much safer, cleaner, more efficient and more affordable, where Personal Mobility Vehicles (VMP) have become increasingly important. Given this, we have seen the Government and the municipalities of large cities promoting the use of this type of vehicle in order to protect the environment.
However, there are still many citizens who view bicycle mobility through cities with uncertainty to carry out everyday tasks such as going to work, leisure activities, errands … That is why Midas, the chain specialized in comprehensive repair and maintenance of cars, motorcycles and now bicycles, has compiled a series of tips for cycling safer in cities.
Prepare the itinerary
Although many associate Google Maps with cars or motorcycles, the truth is that the application also offers routes for bicycle users who move in cities. In fact, it has recently optimized its algorithms to show much more efficient itineraries, not only at an environmental level, but also taking into account other parameters such as the shortest, most direct, safest and least tired distance and, of course, the existence of bike lanes.
Respect the rules
Now that most cities are encouraging the use of bicycles, they are also applying measures that help the coexistence of different mobility, as well as to protect drivers and pedestrians. Therefore, if we want to lose the fear of cycling in the cities, it is essential to respect measures such as the use of bicycle lanes, reducing the speed of cars to 30km / h on the urban road, not driving on the sidewalk, no consume alcohol or drugs and carry all the elements of lighting and protection.
Inform in advance
Before making any turn or change of direction on an urban road, it is key to warn other drivers of our maneuver by extending the arm horizontally. On the other hand, to pass another vehicle, we must check that there is enough space and that the distance is not less than 1.5 meters. In addition, bicycles have priority over cars if they travel on a bicycle lane or on a marked urban road for cyclists and motor vehicles must also yield when they are going to turn, to the right or to the left, to enter another track and a cyclist is approaching.
After confinement, the circulatory intensity of accesses to cities and urban movements have progressively increased as the de-escalation plan has been advanced, with a special role for VPM vehicles. Therefore, to help the coexistence of all options and feel safe when traveling, it is essential not to forget protection and visibility elements such as a helmet, bell, reflective vest and lights. This will make the rest of the vehicles detect you and avoid a large part of the incidents.
After confinement and reduced mobility, using the bicycle on a regular basis can become an ally to improve our physical and emotional health. In addition, the use of the bicycle helps to avoid COVID-19 infections, since it is a means of personal mobility with which you can maintain social distance and make direct itineraries from the point of departure to the destination.
Tune up the bike
After confinement and reluctance to travel by public transport for fear of infections, many have “rescued” their old bicycle from the storage room to move around the city. However, to avoid possible incidents, it is necessary to take into account the set-up before going out onto the urban road and review elements such as wheels, brakes and gears that may have suffered while standing still.