Enjoy Autumn Rides with Excellent Trail Etiquette

We’re in the midst of some of the most incredible fall riding conditions of the year here in the DC area - the humidity has finally abated, the air is crisp and refreshing, and the leaves have started to turn the brilliant yellows and oranges of autumn. Fall is one of the best times for cycling, which also means that it is one of the busiest times for our local trails. Before you plan your next ride, review these trail etiquette tips.

Tips for Fantastic Fall Riding

As the temperature begins to drop and the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy many cool, relaxing fall rides. However, as we say goodbye to the summer heat, it’s important to prepare for shorter days and cooler winds to ensure that   your autumn cycling adventures are safe and comfortable. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind as you plan your next fall ride.

I’ve Been Injured in a Crash - Who Will Pay My Medical Bills?

Who covers your medical bills can be a confusing and anxiety-inducing question if you’ve been injured in a crash. Most often, people rely on their own health insurance provider for payment in the short run. In certain circumstances, however, either the injured cyclist’s auto or bicycle insurance policy or the other driver’s insurance policy may have medical payment, or “MedPay,” coverage available to help with the bills.

Avoid Getting “Doored” - Ride Defensively

Getting “doored” occurs when a driver or passenger opens a car door without checking for oncoming traffic, resulting in the cyclist crashing into the car door. These crashes happen to urban cyclists all of the time, and can cause horrific injuries. Unfortunately, many normally careful drivers just don’t think to look before throwing open a driver’s side door, even when they’ve parked on a street with a designated bike lane.