A cyclist will always be safer if he or she is riding with traffic and not facing it because the risk factor increases almost 4 times when a cyclists is riding facing oncoming traffic. Motorists don’t except any kind of traffic to appear on that side of the lane, especially drivers entering and exiting the roadway at side streets and driveways do not expect bicycle traffic to approach from this direction. A cyclist driving against the direction of traffic on the roadway should be warned or cited. This is a major contributing factor in bicycle-motor vehicle crashes because motorists entering and leaving the roadway at intersections and driveways do not expect traffic to approach from the wrong direction and most of these types of accidents happen in these parts of the roads.
Lamps must be used on a bicycle after sunset to alert other drivers. Nighttime collisions are much more likely to result in incapacitating injury or death. About 60 percent of fatal bicycle crashes in Florida occur during the night hours. Both lamps, rear and front, must be used in order to alert any type of traffic and to be seen on the road from any direction. The rear lamp is the missing one in every bicycle and it is as important as the front lamp, more important most of the times, as it allows traffic behind you to see you and know where you are. Big lamps or moderated size ones are recommendable and lamps that use double AA batteries because they last longer. The front white light must be visible from at least 500 feet of distance to the front and the lamp and reflector on the rear red light must be much more visible from at least 600 feet of distance.
Accidents do happen out on the road but if cyclists understand considerations like the ones previously given, they will reduce the odds of having a tragic accident. With these 5 considerations in mind you will have a blast riding on Miami streets and almost anywhere you use a bicycle.