Many people have the habit of walking or pedaling at night.
For those practicing this nocturnal activity, the experience of cycling at night, whether in the city or on quieter trails, shows a sensation of something good and unforgettable, especially when done in the right and safe way.
There are some aspects that make the nocturnal pedaling more risky as it is the case of the signaling for example. However there are also some points that make the act of pedaling during the night a little more pleasant compared to other times of the day.
One of them would be the traffic, which during the night is usually quieter making it possible to even meet some friends for a group bike ride.
According to experts in the subject, the accidents that can usually occur during the night are:
Presence of obstacles such as holes, stones, pedestrians that the cyclist usually does not see and the collision ends up.
Accidents involving vehicles, whether car or motorcycle, most of them are frontal collisions or run over at intersections.
In these situations, it is proven that only the use of the night light on bicycles could avoid most of the reported cases of accidents, since a large part of the intercurrences involving cyclists was related to the inadequate signaling of cyclists in the dark.
In view of this, the real importance is being taken in taking preventive measures in order to avoid that the number of accidents involving cyclists rises even more with the passage of time.
With this there are three ways that can make nightclubs become much safer. Are they:
- Correct signaling of cyclists
- Bicycle signage and lighting
- Defensive driving techniques
With these three ways, night-riding can become much more peaceful and safe, so we think it’s important to talk a little more about each of these items.
Correct Cyclist Signaling
Concerning cyclists’ signaling, this behavior is indicated not only for those who have the habit of pedaling during the night but also for those cyclists who pedal during the day as well, because the risks exist at any time and therefore the Prevention is always necessary.
Signaling is an important factor, because the more visible we are present to those around us, the less chance there is of an accident.
In this way, try to use whenever possible, clear and flashy clothes where there may even be the presence of reflective bands in these clothes.
Generally in events involving cycling, the use of contributions that lead to the correct signaling of cyclists is strongly emphasized, as is the case of one of the most known cycling events in the world, Audax, where in this test is required the use of reflective vest .
In the market there are also electronic equipment suitable for nocturnal signaling of cyclists such as armbands with leds and helmets with reflective tapes.
With this, it is possible to notice that there is a range of accessories and equipment so that the cyclist can be making its signaling while pedaling during the night.
Regarding the type of accessory or equipment that the rider will use, this will depend on the need and also the pocket of each.
If to promote the signage of the cyclist the amount of accessories is extensive, as far as the signaling of the bike is concerned, that quantity is even wider. According to the Brazilian Transit Code, the bicycle must have reflectors at the front, at the rear and also at the sides.
When riding at night, it is advisable to use a red flashing light on the back of the bike and a white light at the front based on LEDLightsClassified.com. With the use of these accessories you will have greater visibility to drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists as well, which would have reduced accidents a lot, making your pedaling much safer.
In order to be doing the illumination of the path to which the most appropriate accessory to be used will depend, it will depend on what path it will take, since in the market there exist for this purpose from simple lanterns powered by the battery to complex lighting systems via led that are powered by Batteries.
As a general rule, when a rider is pedaling at a speed of up to 12km / h he will need a headlight with a minimum of 3watts of power, as this means that public lighting or other vehicles will not interfere with the illumination generated by the rider , Which will make it even though it is perceived.
When making your choices regarding lighting, always give preference to headlights with LED bulbs because their field of lighting is much more efficient.
Nowadays with the technological advancement occurring continuously, most urban bikes already come with integrated headlights where the cyclist’s own energy when pedaling is going to feed the energy of the system, that is, a highly sustainable mechanism that will benefit both The man about nature.
A good technique to use while riding your bike at night is to be aware of the longest possible time in relation to the cars and make them see your presence constantly.
To do this always keep reflective tapes on both the bike and the backpack you are using. It is also suggested to place these tapes on the pedals, fork, seat stay or other places of greater visibility of your bike.
Another technique, but that can also sweat as a tip is: always seek to transit through streets with less cars and / or motorcycles.
It is also interesting to wear glasses with anti-reflective yellow lenses that help to inhibit difficulties related to the light reflection in the opposite direction.
Do not forget to always carry extra batteries for the lanterns, because you never know where or when they might end up.
When pedaling on urban roads, try to ride in a group but without this you need to fully occupy the range of the car, as this in a way ends up irritating the drivers and often this situation ends up not ending well.
Therefore, make sure to use bicycle lanes wherever possible, which are places within the urban environment so that cyclists can travel calmly and quietly.
Keep your attention redoubled when riding at night, as people usually tend to go to the end of the day wanting to do that “happy hour” and end up drinking over and over, which tends to be somewhat dangerous for both the person Does this knowing that it will get on the wheel as mainly for cyclists, because you never know where a car with a drunk driver coming towards you will not come from.
In view of this fact, it is also important to note that the cyclist should avoid using headphones while pedaling in urban streets, as this equipment tends to disperse the cyclist and this, depending on the situation, can be fatal.
When you get past the traffic light be very careful, and this serves not only for the cyclist but also for the pedestrian, because even if it is red many irresponsible drivers end up passing the signal indiscriminately.
This even is a factor that generates several traffic accidents, because people usually tend to trust that passing in the lane when the signal is red for cars is a safe way to cross the avenue, but with the rush of day to day, This has become insufficient.
Therefore, besides being on your right cycling, when crossing the avenue even if the track pay close attention.
Nowadays there is also a great risk in pedaling during the night, and in this case I mean the robberies.
You need to be very careful about this, because you never know where and when you can be approached by a robber.
The trick in these cases is to try to pass in more enlightened places, to try to visualize a suspect beforehand so that he can go through another route and especially if he can not escape this type of situation, the rule is never to react, Come and take your bike though, there will always be opportunity for you to acquire another.
Another important tip is, in case there is a structural problem in your bike, so that the pedal does not stop in the middle of the road, always have equipment reserves at your disposal so that you can walk more prepared and with this you can enjoy your ride the best Possible.
In addition to these general riding techniques, it is important that the cyclist keep in mind that walking in an urban road, in whatever medium, there will always be risks involved so the individual safety equipment is also of great relevance.
So always wear a safety helmet, protective gloves for hands and eye protection so that you can take a quiet and safe night stroll.
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