Run facing traffic. Cycle with traffic. When you run, it’ll be easier for you to see traffic approaching than hear it coming behind you. Experts suggest running against traffic, or on the left side of the street. Trust me, it feels (and is!) so much safer. When you’re riding a bicycle, you have to follow the same rules of the road as a car. This means stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, and riding on the right side of the street. (Can we talk about how many cyclists I’ve seen riding in medians lately?! What are you thinking, people?)
Run with your cell phone whenever possible. I know there are times when it’s not an option, and I know some runners refuse to do this. For me, it just makes sense. I have my emergency contacts listed under ICE (In Case of Emergency) . I’ve also ended up using my cell phone to call 911 for another runner on the Lakefront Path. You never know when you might need it.
Leave the iPod at home. As much as I love my new Shuffle, I usually leave it at home when I’m running outside. If I’m running in the street, I never use it. I will use it, with just one headphone in, on a bike path or running trail. It’s great for hitting the gym, but when you’re outside, you need to be aware of your surroundings. Ke$ha may have some rad beats, but she won’t help you notice the bike approaching behind you.
Above all else, be smart out there. Trust your gut instincts and make sure to have an emergency plan.
What are your best safety tips for outdoor workouts?