Cycling can be a dangerous hobby. All it takes is a poorly-timed sneeze for you to lose control of your self-propelled vehicle and potentially crash. However, the worst possible injuries typically aren’t the result of a mistake by a cyclist but rather bad decisions by people in motor vehicles.
Cyclists have to constantly watch out to avoid collisions caused by motor vehicles. Using safety statistics can help you reduce your risk of getting hurt on your bike. For example, you may understand that investing in visibility gear and a good helmet could reduce your risk of dying or suffering permanent injuries on your bike.
You might also want to avoid rides during the most dangerous time of day to limit your chances of getting hit by a car.
When is it the riskiest to go cycling on public roads?
According to a statistical analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one time of day is most dangerous all year round, regardless of the season. While you might think that it is late at night or in the earliest hours of the morning, you would be wrong.
It is actually the riskiest to go out on your bike between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. every evening. These hours reflect when workers may be headed home from their jobs are from picking their children up from after-school activities. Some of those people may have stopped for a drink at happy hour first. Others may be so fatigued or distracted that they don’t notice a bicycle before it is too late.
If possible, try to avoid cycling during those evening hours to reduce your overall chances of getting hit by a motor vehicle. Making safety-conscious decisions can help you limit your risk of a cycling crash.