I’ve been riding a bicycle in Richmond for more than 20 years. During that time I’ve had 2 accidents: I got doored on Lombardy 2 weeks after I moved to the Fan, and I crashed into that brick wall along Oregon Hill one night when I was wasted. Both of these were my fault, hurt pretty bad, and were a long time ago.
It is very possible to ride safely in the city. I’ve learned a few things along the way that I’d like to share. Please feel free to tack on anything else to think about.
- Stop at stop lights. Sounds simple, right?
- Have lights on your bike at night. The brighter, the better.
- Be predictable. It helps other cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers to be around you.
- Assume that no one sees you. It’ll save your ass one day when that car pulls out in front of you.
- Ride with traffic on the road. Every once in a while I’ll squirt up a one-way street or onto the sidewalk for a bit, but for real you need to be on the road and going with traffic.
- Know when you shouldn’t be riding. I’m not sure how a DUI works on a bike, but whatever that is, know your practical limit.