With all the recent events of the year, people are spending more time outdoors. One of the most popular and budget-wise outdoor activities for people of all ages is bike riding. Although one of the oldest pastimes in America, bike riding has taken on many modern and innovative features today, which can pose new safety threats and risks. You see, bike riders are especially vulnerable on the roads, and often times, become victims of serious accidents and injuries. From conventional bipedal models and tandem seaters, to electric bicycles, motorbikes, scooters, and more, regardless of the type you and your family rides, be sure you know how to stay safe as much as you can. A great way to ensure you are practicing bike safety is to carry a bicycle safety kit.
Continue reading to learn how to make your very own bicycle safety kit, and what to do if you are seriously injured in a bicycle accident.
What to Put in a Bicycle Safety Kit
Bicycle safety kits come in many forms, and can be customized to meet your exact needs. Such kits may be available in a local cyclist store or sports shop, but it is cost-effective and fun to curate your own! You can assemble your own by choosing the general safety items and then adding in any additional items you think you might need. Not sure where to get started? Here are some recommended supplies and gear to include in a general bicycle safety kit for adults and children:
🚲 Helmet – Wearing a helmet is biking safety 101, regardless of your age. It is the first piece of safety gear to consider, and in many states, it is the law to wear one. Be sure to choose a quality helmet that is the proper size and fit.
🚲 Reflectors – Having reflectors is not only important for nighttime biking, it is also a good idea to have reflectors on hazy, foggy, or cloudy days. Reflectors can be worn as sashes and vests, or they can be attached to your bike on the front and back. They can be solar-powered or battery-powered, and they come in all different shapes, sizes, watts, and fits.
🚲 Tools – There are various tools you can add to your kit to ensure safer, easier biking in the case of an incident. The collection of bicycle tools you choose to add to your kit will largely depend on your level of biking ability, and the type of biking you’ll be doing. Standard tools include a tire puncture repair kit, tire pump, and a pocket-sized tool kit, while more advanced tools may include a spoke wrench, screwdriver, and chain tools.
🚲 Water – Biking exerts energy and burns calories, so it is important to stay hydrated. Always carry a bottle or thermos of water with you when you ride.
🚲 First Aid Kit – Perhaps one of the most important components of a bicycle safety kit is a first aid kit. Such kits come prepackaged and can be purchased at your local pharmacy or department store. You can also make your own first aid kit, and include items such as bandages, alcohol wipes, antiseptic spray, antibiotic ointment, gauze, elastic bandage, adjustable arm sling, cotton balls, and eye drops.
If Involved in a Serious Bicycle Accident
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a bike riding accident, your first priorities are to seek immediate medical attention and to make a police report. Keep in mind that an onset of injuries could occur later. If your bike accident happened due to another person’s negligence, your next step after medical treatment is to hire a licensed personal injury lawyer. We will seek to recover full and fair compensation for your damages and losses on your behalf. Just be sure to act fast before the statutes of limitations runs out and evidence can be lost if not accumulated quickly.
How to Get Started on Your Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Claim
Call Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to speak with an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer who can help you gain control of your life and who will take some of the stress off of you after suffering a serious bicycle injury or loss. We offer free initial consultations and never collect fees attorney fees unless we recover for you. We represent injured persons throughout the State of Indiana.