Stay Safe While Running or Bicycle Riding
Running and cycling are great forms of exercise and there is a lot to be said about exercising outside. One of the disadvantages of exercising outside is your safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Try to run during the daytime.
- Avoid running or riding by yourself.
- Choose a path that is well lit. If you need to run or cycle at night ensure you choose a path that is populated.
- Avoid using earbuds. They will make you less aware of your surroundings.
- Be aware of who is around you, you should trust your intuition.
- If you feel someone is not safe, widen the distance or turn the other way.
- If someone gets too close, consider yelling. Tell them not to get any closer and be direct.
- A whistle can be helpful.
- Consider using mace.
- Mace and pepper spray have restrictions in some states.
- Wear reflective clothing.
- Make sure the bicycle has lights and reflectors.
- Try not to use the same path at the same time. Usually a time of day may work out better with your schedule. People may take note of the time that you pass a certain location. Altering the route and or the time is a safer bet.
- Consider riding againist traffic. if a car is pulling over you will see them rather than having your back to them.
- Ensure you share you route with others.
- Make sure you carry a phone with you.
There are a number of apps that can be down loaded to help protect you.
The Road Runners Club of America recommends that runners
- Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information as well.
Know self defense tactics
- The most sensitive areas are the eyes, nose moth, neck, groin and knees.
- In addition to your hands your elbows, feet and knees can be used to strike a target.
- Use objects that you may have on you such as a key or hair spray that can injure the eyes.
What tips to you have when running or cycling?