Been thinking about grabbing a Citi Bike membership with all the expansions into the boroughs, but still nervous to bike in NYC? We get it – the news reports on cyclists accidents almost weekly and it’s terrifying to think about weaving in and out of traffic with a car let alone a bicycle. But with the ever-increasing public transportation fees has brought New Yorkers to the point of seeking out other options to get around, its almost impossible not to jump into this trend – but just do so with some bike safety facts.
While you’re out and about – notice the new wrapped docks from Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care who has partnered with Citi Bike to help inform New Yorkers on the benefits and safety tips of biking.
#1 Just Do It
The number one concern when it comes to biking is the safety concerns. Even with designated bike lanes, riding on the streets of Manhattan can be intimidating. But as the number of cyclists on the streets increase, so does the safety of all bike riders. As bike lanes become more of a priority project, Citi Bike and GoHealth Urgent Care aim to bring an even safer experience to riders, veteran or rookie.
#2 Be a Defensive Driver
Don’t always assume you have the right-of-way. As a cyclist, attention must be paid just the same as a motor vehicle. Using correct signs when needed, having reliable brakes as well as a working bell are all essential to being able to safely navigate through the crowded streets.
#3 Know the Bike Rules
Other important things to keep in mind are to never ride on the sidewalks, do not ride with two ear buds in, and don’t ride the wrong way down a one-way street. These may sound like common sense tasks, but they are easily skimmed over, especially when one is in a rush. Making sure that you can coexist with cars and pedestrians will only decrease the risk of accidents to occur.
#4 Start Somewhere Other Than Midtown
One of the best ways to begin assessing bike riding is to start with a calm location to gather your bearings. Map out your route and be sure to have enough light to get you there and back comfortably. Citi Bike now has docks spreading into the boroughs allowing you to pick up or drop off at your own location convenience
#5 There’s Help Close By with Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care Centers
Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care is opening even more locations for better convenience should any accidents occur while cycling. Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care centers are designed to put patients first – using a seamless online check-in, unified electronic medical records and high quality, compassionate and convenient care, the urgent care provider deliver san unparalleled patient experience at a much lower cost than emergency room care and allows patients to regain control of how, when and where they are cared for. You can check out all that they have to offer through their homepage, here.
Remember – Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care can handle all minor, non-life- threatening bumps, scrapes and fractures. Providers can x-ray for sprains and strains, diagnose and treat these injuries – or recommend you to a more specialized practice or physician within the Northwell Health network.
In partnership with Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care.