Colorado is a beautiful place full of adventure. In the summertime, that adventure often takes place in the form of biking. Cyclists all over the world travel to Colorado just for its great biking routes. Between the challenging higher altitude of the “Mile High City,” and even higher alpine rides, Colorado’s 25 scenic byways and bike communities make it an ideal place for a long ride. Riding your bicycle on the long summer days is a relaxing (and often physically challenging) way to get from one place to another. Whether you ride on the road or trails, many people like to take long trips on their bicycles. But just because something is adventurous doesn’t mean it also needs to be dangerous. Here are three things to remember to remain safe throughout your long bicycle trip.
1. Acknowledge and Understand Your Skill Level
Whenever you take on any activity, it is necessary to understand your personal level of skill so that you can plan accordingly. For example, if you are a novice bicyclist, you will likely want to stick to shorter, flatter routes, while if you are more advanced, you may be able to take on rougher terrain over longer distances. Failing to acknowledge one’s own present abilities can be exceedingly dangerous. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation you cannot manage.
2. Beware of the Sun
Regardless of where you plan on riding or how far your trip will be, one of the most important things that you must keep in mind is staying hydrated. No matter if you are traveling on the roadway or through the mountains, the sun in Colorado can be extremely draining. That is why it is so important to protect your skin from the elements by using an SPF of at least 30 and remaining hydrated at all times. Between the sun’s strength and your amount of physical activity, you can become dehydrated pretty quickly.
Dehydration occurs when you use up or lose more fluids than you take in, causing your body difficulty in carrying out normal functions. Two early warning signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-colored urine. Drinks containing electrolytes and carbohydrates can help to combat dehydration. Those who become severely dehydrated may need to seek medical attention and be treated with IV fluids.
3. Be Prepared
It’s usually a really good idea to have at least a mental agenda of where and when you plan to bike. Are you planning on sleeping in hotels along the way? Do you want to go camping? Do you plan on staying on major roadways in bike lanes, or are you exploring mountainous terrain? Knowing what you plan on doing is imperative, because it allows you to pack accordingly. From the type of bike that you use, to the clothing and food that you bring, to the bike gear, and tools, it is so important to be prepared. No matter what though, certain things are always necessary — such as a helmet.
The Attorneys at Mintz Law Firm Help Those in Colorado Who Have Been Injured in a Bicycle Accident
Biking is a fun way to stay active, be green, have fun, and travel. But like any other form of transportation, collisions can happen. Bicycles can be extremely dangerous as they offer little protection against other motor vehicles on the road. If you are involved in a bicycle collision, you should first assess the damage and receive emergency treatment if your injuries are serious. Be sure to call the local police to report the accident. Having an accident report can be very beneficial when it comes to filing a claim.
If you are able, be sure to document the scene of the accident by taking photos, including the location, weather, and resulting property damage. Also be sure to obtain the contact information of the other party or parties involved including name, number, address, and insurance information. If there are any witnesses to the accident, be sure to also obtain their information.
At Mintz Law Firm, we understand the significant impact that a bicycle accident can have on your life. We work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you! To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, fill out our contact form or call us at 303-462-2999 today!