Safety on the Bike: the Rights and Duties of the Cyclist

The “skinny” ones are increasingly used as alternative transportation, but there are cares.

More and more bicycles are used as an alternative means of transportation. Some companies are already starting to stimulate the new way of getting to work by offering a bike rack and dressing room so that their employees can change their clothes before work. On World Bicycle Day, the Eu Athlete shows that the substitution of traditional means of transportation for the “skinny” brings several health benefits. In addition to the caloric expenditure promoted by physical activity, the cyclist reduces his stress level because he no longer needs to worry about bottling.

However, some cycling precautions are required for anyone considering switching their car or bus for their bicycle. By using the right equipment, it can be as safe an alternative as any other vehicle. In addition, some rules must be respected so that the safety of cyclists and pedestrians is guaranteed.

Traffic Rules

Before riding, try to get informed about the basic rules for driving on the streets and avoiding accidents. According to the Brazilian Traffic Code (CBT), the person on a bicycle must respect traffic signs and signs, as well as circulate in the right hand of direction, as it is also a vehicle. Cyclists and pedestrians have preference over motor vehicles.

Suitable Equipment

For the safety not only of those who are athletes, but also of those who use the bike as a means of transportation or leisure, it is important to choose suitable bike equipments, such as helmets, spectacles or visor, elbow pads, knee pads, gloves and appropriate clothes, clear and colored – if At night, there are jackets and coats that glow in the dark.

The helmet, for example, can reduce by up to 90% the risk of a head injury in the event of a fall. It is important that the “skinny” is equipped with left rear mirror, horn and reflectors (cat eyes) front, rear and sides, considered mandatory equipment. The cyclist should also leave the bike in good condition for use and with full tires. Depending on the size of the course, it is important to take hydration and food.There is no need to start going and cycling back to work. One can ride a bike in one day and go back in the other, increasing the amount gradually, until you can make a daily return trip.

By law, cyclists should use cycle paths and slopes. When there is no, they must use the right corner of the track, towards the other vehicles.Never walk against it, which is considered a serious traffic infraction. The ideal is also not to stick too close to the curb, to facilitate the view of the drivers, and always be aware of the doors of vehicles opening.

To avoid collisions, the cyclist needs to have greater attention on conversions and intersections (places with the highest accident rate). You also need to signal with your hands the intention of performing some maneuver and should avoid very busy streets (big avenues or highways). Group cyclists, for example, have to traffic in a row. Another option is to use the bike only for small and medium distances.

Drivers must follow rules to avoid accidents. The main one is to maintain lateral distance of at least 1,5m of the bicycle, and to reduce the speed when passing by the cyclists, always respecting the signage of the tracks destined to them. Between cyclists and pedestrians, the pedestrian has the preference.

Bicycle Paths In Brazil And Worldwide

A recent survey by the NGO Mobilize Brazil, which tracks data on urban mobility in the country, showed how much space bikes have in the Brazilian metropolis. The sum of the motorway structures of the capitals that have exclusive bicycle routes goes far from the kilometers that cyclists have available in European cities like Berlin and Amsterdam, for example.

According to the research done by the NGO in 2015, Brasília is the capital that has the most adequate ways to cycle bicycles, with 440km of cycle structure, followed by Rio de Janeiro (374km), São Paulo (265.5km), Curitiba (181km ), Fortaleza (116.4km), Campo Grande (90km), Teresina (75km), Rio Branco (74km), Belém (71.9km), Belo Horizonte (70.4km), Florianópolis, João Pessoa (50km), Vitória (47km), Cuiabá (37km), Recife (30.6km), Salvador (27km), Porto Alegre (21km) and Manaus (6km).

This relationship does not take into account leisure cycles, which only work on Sundays and holidays. In January of this year, Rio de Janeiro inaugurated the Niemeyer cycleway, linking the neighborhoods of Leblon and São Conrado, in the south of Rio de Janeiro, for a length of 3.9 km.

The network of Brazilian cities is still well behind other world cities, where this mode of transportation has been privileged and stimulated for a longer time, such as Berlin, New York, Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen. In Latin America, the champion is Bogotá, with 392km of cycle paths.

In São Paulo, there are four types of routes: cycle path (physically separated), leisure cycle (only Sundays and holidays), definitive cycle routes and ciclorrota (created to encourage use in neighborhoods). The rules are municipal and vary for each bike path.