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I’m just back from a 3-week trip to the US and some of the most fun days I spent were on two wheels.
Cycling is a fantastic way to discover a place – you can cover much more territory than on foot plus you can sneak down little side tracks and access a whole lot more than you can on four wheels. You’re more likely to stumble across a secret locals’ café if you’re travelling by bike and you won’t feel so bad indulging in local delicacies, like Leonard’s scrumptious malasadas in Honolulu, if you’re burning energy along the way. Another advantage? You don’t have to worry about parking.
A friend and I rented bikes in both Hawaii and Phoenix on our recent trip. I was pretty nervous about riding on the ‘wrong’ side of the road but once we got going, I felt pretty comfortable and generally safe. In both cities, there are cycle tracks on some of the main roads and in really busy streets, we detoured up onto the footpath to stay out of any perceived danger.
Bike sharing schemes have blossomed in some of the most-visited cities across the world – Paris, San Francisco, New York, London and Bareclona. For only a few dollars a day you can rent a bike and meander round. It beats taking the hot, crowded and often-unclean subway or local bus. You can stop anywhere and anytime you like.
If you’re not used to cycling on busy streets at home, don’t think you’ll be able to manoeuvre around the streets of Paris like Cadel Evans. You need to have your wits about you even if you stick to the bike lanes. At TID we see a reasonable number of claims for bicycle accidents – fractured ribs, hips, wrists and injured shoulders – as well as damage to personal belongings such as sunglasses.
So if you’re up for some pedal action, here are some tips to stay safe and comfortable.
If you’re going for a longer trip e.g. cycling around Vietnam, the tour company will no doubt have plenty of bike tour travel tips but based on personal experience I would recommend: