Bike to Work Week Tips for Avoiding Bicycle Commute Injuries

May 13-19 is Bike to Work Week in the United States, and it offers the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out and ride their bikes. Biking is a fantastic way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, save money on gas, and reduce your carbon footprint. However, safety remains paramount, and bicycle commute injuries do unfortunately happen.

Here at Patterson Legal Group, we’re strong advocates for cyclist safety. In this blog post, our bicycle injury attorneys provide valuable tips to help you avoid bicycle commute injuries throughout Bike to Work Week and beyond.

Gear Up for Safety: Essential Equipment for Cyclists

Before hitting the road, ensure you have the proper equipment to maximize your safety:

  • Helmet: This is the single most crucial piece of cycling gear. A properly fitted helmet significantly reduces the risk of head injuries in the event of a crash.
  • Bicycle: Invest in a well-maintained bicycle suitable for your riding style and commute distance.
  • Brakes: Ensure both your front and rear brakes are in excellent working order. Regularly inspect your brake pads for wear and tear, and have them replaced if necessary.
  • Tires: Properly inflated tires with good tread provide optimal control and prevent flats. Check your tire pressure before each ride and replace worn-out tires promptly.
  • Lights: If you plan on riding at night or during low-visibility conditions, equip your bike with a bright headlight and a visible tail light.
  • Reflective Gear: Enhance your visibility by wearing reflective clothing or accessories, especially when riding in low-light conditions.

Related: Five Bicycle Safety Tips For National Bike Month

Mastering the Road: Essential Cycling Skills

Beyond proper equipment, honing your cycling skills is vital for a safe commute, both during and after Bike to Work Week:

  • Traffic Laws: Cyclists are considered vehicles and must obey all traffic laws, including stopping at stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, and signaling turns. Familiarize yourself with the specific traffic laws in your area.
  • Predictable Riding: Maintain a straight line whenever possible and signal your turns well in advance. Erratic movements can confuse drivers and increase the risk of accidents.
  • Situational Awareness: Stay alert and constantly scan your surroundings. Watch out for cars turning corners, merging lanes, or parked alongside the road. Be aware of pedestrians, road hazards like potholes or uneven surfaces, and potential dangers like opening car doors.
  • Hand Signals: While not universally mandated, using clear hand signals to indicate turns and stops can enhance communication with drivers and improve safety.

Sharing the Road: Etiquette for Cyclists and Drivers

Safe cycling requires a collaborative effort from both cyclists and motorists:


  • Ride defensively, assuming drivers may not see you.
  • Maintain a safe distance from parked cars to avoid unexpected dooring incidents.
  • Use bike lanes whenever available, but be prepared to share the road with cars when necessary.
  • Avoid riding on sidewalks in areas where it’s prohibited.


  • Look out for cyclists, especially when making turns, merging lanes, or opening car doors.
  • Provide ample space (at least three feet) when passing cyclists.
  • Be patient and avoid getting frustrated by slower cyclists.

Know Your Rights: Legal Considerations for Cyclists

Unfortunately, bicycle commute injuries do happen. If you’re involved in an accident, it’s crucial to understand your rights:

  • Understanding Fault: Depending on the specifics of the accident, either the driver or the cyclist (or both) may be found at fault.
  • Filing a Claim: If you’re injured in a bicycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Legal Representation: An experienced personal injury attorney specializing in bicycle accidents can advocate for your rights and help you navigate the legal process to obtain fair compensation.

Patterson Legal Group: Here for You

At Patterson Legal Group, our team is passionate about cyclist safety and committed to helping injured cyclists get the compensation they deserve. Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys has a proven track record of success in securing settlements and verdicts for victims of bicycle accidents in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships you may be facing after an accident, and we’re here to fight for your rights every step of the way.

You can get started with a free case evaluation by calling us at (888) 687-2400 or reaching out online through our encrypted contact form. You can also connect with our LiveChat representatives. We work under a “no win, no fee” promise, so you won’t pay a thing unless money has been recovered on your behalf. Reach out to us today to begin your free, no obligation consultation.

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