Each year in the United States, about 800 people die in bicycle-related accidents.
A key aspect of avoiding accidents is to be predictable. Make it easy for motorists and other cyclists to know what you are going to do. Cyclists are required to obey the same rules as drivers. Failure to obey these rules is a major contributing factor for accidents. In particular, riding the wrong way, ignoring stop signs, running red lights, and failure to observe right-of-way rules for lane changes are major contributing factors in those accidents in which cyclists are injured.
Finally, ride defensively. When riding a bicycle, you will always come out second best in any conflict with a motor vehicle, even if you have the right-of-way.
Whether you cycle around the site for business or pleasure, the BNL bicycle-safety policy states that you must wear a bicycle helmet when cycling at BNL and that the helmet must conform to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard.
For those using BNL-issued bicycles, helmets meeting the CPSC standard can be ordered from inventory. The stock number for helmets is K70310.
Even adult cyclists who maintain they only cycle on paths or quiet streets should not underestimate the importance of wearing a helmet. Accidents can happen anywhere.
Cyclists are also encouraged to wear high-visibility outerwear, such as a reflective vest. BNL inventory provides a lightweight mesh vest with reflective safety stripes (stock #K61245), as well as a heavier, more durable version (stock #K61247). LED bike lights are also available in stock for BNL-purchased bicycles.
For assistance in ordering, contact your Department/Division Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) Coordinator.