Biking Owings Mills
Summer is a great time to get out and explore Owings Mills. Take a drive and enjoy Maryland’s beautiful scenery, hike on one of the many trails available, or hop on your bike for an early morning or evening ride. Today, The Townes at Mill Run has some bicycle safety tips for members of our apartment community.
Bicycle Safety Tips
(Information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet when riding. In case of an accident, this can save your life and protect your brain.
Adjust your bicycle so it fits your body. When you stand over your bike, there should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top bar for a road bike (3-4 inches for a mountain bike). Make sure the seat is level from front to back, and adjust the height of the seat should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be the same as the seat.
Check before you ride to be sure the tires are inflated properly and that the brakes work.
Be sure that you can be seen, especially if you are biking in inclement weather, at dusk, or in an area with a lot of traffic, it’s important to be seen. Neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors help others to see you while you are riding. You may also consider wearing a reflective vest or even use reflective tape. Remember that just because you can see a driver, it doesn’t necessarily mean the driver sees you.
Control your bicycle by always riding with at least one hand on the handlebars. Use a backpack or bicycle saddlebags to carry other items such as books or files.
Ongoing bicycle maintenance is an important part of safe riding, and we’ve only highlighted a few things you can do in this post. For more in-depth information, this Bicycle Maintenance Chart from Bicycle Habitat has the details you need.
We hope you enjoy biking throughout the Owings Mills area. Let us know about your favorite routes to take by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading today’s blog post.