You may have been considering biking to work for faster commute and as a way to keep yourself healthy, but you have doubts about biking in the big city. Biking in Los Angeles can be intimidating.
Here are some of the tips that you can do to avoid the feeling of intimidation:
Get a feel of riding your bike around the city. Start by riding in a quiet, suburban road. Familiarize yourself on the way, road signs, and how it feels biking around the big city.
Map Your Route
Check out different routes that you can take on your way to work. When you’re trying to find the best route, avoid biking during rush hours, weekends, or major city events. Start with small roads, then you can explore and try longer routes. Once you’ve already familiarised yourself with these routes, you can try biking during busy hours.
If you think you’ve lost your way, Google Maps is a valuable source. If you’re biking around California, don’t forget that riding with headphones covering both ears is against the law. If you are using your phone for GPS, it is best to mount it to the handlebars.
Bring A Bike Buddy
It is best to go on a ride with a friend. If you are biking with a friend or a group of people, it will help you feel secure. Biking in a group will also make you visible. Don’t forget to wear clothes that are reflective and bright in color. In compliance with California law, install front and backlight on your bicycle so you will be seen from at least 300 feet away. If you are a new city rider, it is highly advised to stick to day-time riding at first.
Have an Accident Plan
It is best to assume that anything can go wrong anytime. Have critical persons to contact. When you have collected information, contact the police and medical professionals. Contact your lawyer to help you.