Bicycle Safety for Seniors

Bicycle Safety for Seniors
Cycling is a form of low-impact exercise seniors can enjoy. It also offers seniors a sense of freedom and way to get from place to place if driving is no longer an option. Plus, you never forget how to ride a bike.

Rules of the Road

The rules of the road are updated almost yearly so all cyclists, not just seniors, should be familiar with the rules. Senior bikers should obey all rules of the road and ride with the traffic.

Safe Places to Ride

Seniors should ride on familiar roads or research the safest routes if on vacation. Sticking on bike paths, well-lit trails and riding only during the day will improve safety. Seniors should make it a family affair or ride with friends so they never ride alone.

Equipment

Bike companies are in touch with the needs of all ages of cyclist from kids to seniors. More gears for easier pedaling, straight handlebars to keep strain off the back and even wider tires to help balance the bike are all things seniors should consider when purchasing or using a bike. Recumbent bikes are also another great choice for seniors. Bike helmets are a must for the senior cyclist. Mirrors can also help older cyclists see potential hazards sooner.

Alternatives

Stationary and spin bikes are an alternative to cycling outdoors, especially when the weather isn't cooperating, you can't find a buddy or if you have visual or hearing impairments.

Significance

Cycling is a great way to seniors to stay active, keep their brains sharp and maintain their zest for life. Cycling is great cardio exercise, helping the heart and other parts of the body stay fit and range of motion going.

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.