Biking Safety

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Bicycling is a fun and rewarding action. There are many health benefits including strengthening your heart and lungs, burning calories, and strengthing muscles. It is also easier on your knees than walking or running. If deciding to go out bicycling, first, consider these safety precautions.

Stretch your muscles before biking, especially your leg muscles. This will help prevent cramping and other leg pains that will occur during or after your bicycling.

Drink water before, during, and after bicycling. You do not want to dehydrate.

When you get onto a bike, remember to always wear a helmet. Go the extra mile and wear elbow and knee pads as well. I know, this will hurt your image, but it will help in case you get into a minor accident.

Also, try to ride your bike on bike trails instead of the shoulder of roads. Recently there was a fatality near my home in which a bicyclist got hit by a car when a lady swerved out of her lane due to her messing with something other than having her eyes on the road. His son and a group of girls witnessed. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet, but a car going 60 mph will kill you regardless. Since laws require a bicyclist to drive with traffic, you will not see the car that is going to hit you, therefore, you will not be able to get out of the way. With people texting or otherwise occupied, it is a very dangerous thing to bicycle on the shoulders of roads.

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