The warm and sunny weather of the last days attracts cyclists for a ride to the surroundings. However, many do not realize that they are a road user when riding bicycles, so they should act as drivers and adhere to the rules of road traffic.
According to police statistics, cyclists, along with pedestrians and motorcyclists on the roads, are the most vulnerable group. They are not protected by car bodies against car drivers. If a cyclist does not know or deliberately violates road traffic rules, he or she is under-equipped with a bicycle, like a reflective vest, or even sits behind the handlebars after ingesting alcoholic beverages; we cannot be surprised by the unpleasant statistical numbers.
Every cyclist should always perform best in bicycle maintenance service before riding. Its poor technical condition may be the cause of an accident that can cause serious injuries. Overall, as a result of the poor technical condition of the bicycle between 2012 and 2015, five people were severely injured, slightly more than thirty-two.
An important role in safety plays a protective helmet, which must be fitted and properly secured. He can prevent five hundred and eighty percent of head injuries and eighty percent of brain injury. The duty to use the helmet has children less than 18 years of age. However, anyone who will have a bicycle will have it on his head.
Mainly be seen
An accident can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere at any speed. For cyclists, this is the most common cause of injury or death. It is also suitable to use elbow and knee protectors while riding, as well as cycling gloves. Forgetting cyclists would not even have the right clothes enriched with reflective elements or reflective tapes.
"We remind cyclists of the rule: it is not important to see but to be seen. The reflective elements are visible to the driver for a distance of two hundred meters, "said Jana, a police spokeswoman.
Bicycle equipment also plays a very important role. It is absolutely necessary for the bicycle to have two independent working brakes. In addition, the wheel must be equipped with reflectors - front white, rear red and sides and orange pedals.
"If a cyclist does not have the necessary equipment, he is liable to a fine of up to two thousand crowns," said Jana, a much higher penalty for a cyclist for driving under the influence of alcohol. "If he proves to have more than one profiles, he may be penalized Up to fifty thousand crowns, at a lower value of two and a half thousand to twenty thousand crowns, "said a police spokesman.
The right ride
Cycling has its own safety rules. "The cyclist should think that in the event of any change of direction he must give his arms in time, especially when turning left and making sure that others have registered. Only then can he turn, "said Steiner in safety vest.
Both the road and the trail must go to the right. The route should be chosen according to its experience and possibilities. He should not go where he does not see, and should be careful about arriving and overtaking vehicles. If a collision occurs or is suspected, it should be reported immediately to the police line 158, but also to the rescue service that operates on line 155.