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3 late fall hazards for Colorado cyclists

Whether you ride for exercise, practicality or fun, the seasonal changes have an impact on your safety while cycling. It is important to know the hazards you face this time of year to prevent any accidents and injuries from happening. Even a minor incident can lead to a major traumatic brain injury, especially if you are not wearing a helmet.

Below are the most common dangers in late fall for Colorado cyclists to be aware of to increase the chances of a safe riding experience.

1. Rapidly falling temperatures

Denver temperatures quickly drop in late fall in preparation for winter weather. This means more rainy days and ice on the roads. Stay off the road when the weather is wet to avoid slippery streets that make it harder for both you and motorists to control your respective vehicles. Rain also makes it harder for you to see your surroundings and for drivers to see you.

2. Leaves

Autumn leaves may be beautiful to look at, but they can hide hazards on the road, such as puddles, black ice, potholes and other damage. They also contribute to the slickness of the roads in wet weather. Stay clear of routes covered in leaves.

3. Less sunlight

Even with Daylight Savings, the number of hours of sunlight remains the same. Plan your bicycling schedule accordingly to avoid riding in darkness when danger risk is highest due to poor visibility and increased traffic. Also, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun.

Additional safety tips

In addition to the preventive measures for the above hazards, you should follow these tips to further increase your safety under all circumstances.

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Be familiar with and adhere to Denver bicycle laws.
  • Use lights and reflectors to increase visibility.
  • Do not ride when intoxicated or impaired in any other way.
  • Put away your cellphone and other distractions.
  • Wear proper clothing for the activity and weather.

Consistently doing these things can greatly reduce your chances of getting hurt in an accident with a motor vehicle.

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