The 55-mile route of the London to Brighton bike ride leads riders along roads where they may encounter motorised traffic. This exposes riders to the risk of being hit by cars, not to mention the inherent risks of large numbers of people cycling often side by side for miles in the first place. In order to remain safe and prevent accidental injuries, cyclists should take a few precautionary measures.
- Personal safety
To prevent suffering an accidental injury, riders should obviously begin by training adequately before the race. Wearing helmets and riding gloves is an absolute must when cycling among such large crowds, as spills and collisions are occasionally unavoidable. Exposed to heat and burning lots of calories, cyclists also need to ensure they carry plenty of water and healthy snacks.
- Bike safety
Naturally, it is essential to ensure the bike is in perfect condition before starting the race. This includes ensuring brakes operate properly; oiling chains and gears and pumping tyres up hard to allow them to roll freely. Carrying spare inner tubes; puncture kits and a bike tool is also recommended.
- Cycling accidents
As mentioned earlier, cycling injuries can sometimes not be avoided. Typically caused by falling off bikes, such injuries can range from abrasions, bruises or cuts to broken limbs.
- Road traffic accidents
With the roads the ride is held on not being closed to general traffic, riders are sometimes also involved in traffic accidents. The injuries incurred here may potentially be far more severe than those suffered when falling off a bike. The vast majority of motorists encountering individual or groups of cyclists take great care to avoid accidents. Occasionally, however, a driver may become frustrated or impatient when held up by a group of cyclists. In such cases, drivers may take actions that ultimately result in road accidents causing personal injuries to cyclists.
If you suffered a cycling injury as the result of another road user’s actions, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim against the driver responsible. Call Accident Advice Helpline for free advice on how to claim. Your call will be answered by a friendly advisor who will keep all details you provide strictly confidential.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice