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What precautions should I take to stay safe while cycling in urban areas?

To stay safe while cycling in urban areas, it’s crucial to adopt several precautions. Firstly, always wear a properly fitted helmet to protect your head in case of accidents. Secondly, adhere strictly to traffic laws and signals, treating your bicycle as any other vehicle on the road. Use hand signals to indicate your intentions to drivers, and stay vigilant for potential hazards like potholes, pedestrians, and opening car doors. Making yourself visible with bright or reflective clothing and using lights, particularly in low-light conditions, enhances your safety. Consider choosing designated bike lanes or routes to minimize interactions with motor vehicles. Lastly, avoid distractions like using headphones or texting while riding, and maintain a safe distance from large vehicles to avoid their blind spots. By incorporating these precautions into your urban cycling routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safer journey.

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