Bike Safety

By Sonia.

Basics

1.) Working Brakes: Make sure brakes work well!

2.) HandSignaling: Use hand signals before turning

3.) Safe Passing: Let riders know you are behind them and wish to pass, call out “Passing on your left”.

4.) Ride Straight: Don’t weave in and out of parked cars, maintain as straight and predictable a line when you ride down a street as possible.

5.) Stop at Stop Signs: Stop just before the white line at every stop sign, it’s the law.

6.) Rear-view Mirrors: Use bicycle rear view mirrors, they save lives! When you are biking you should ALWAYS know who is behind you and how fast they are approaching!

7.) Riding Gloves: Encourage your children, especially those just learning to ride, to always wear padded bicycle gloves in addition to the usual (required) helmets when they are biking.  It will make the inevitable falls significantly less painful, and they will become more confident bikers and less scared of falling.  (Suggestion: strap a small kit to their handlebars to hold their gloves, some bandaids & cleansing wipes, and their phone if they have one, so these items are always with them when they ride.)

For more bicycle safety information:https://one.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/KidsandBikeSafetyWeb/index.htm

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