Bicycle Safety

There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun, freedom and exercise. We hope that your summer involves as many fun outdoor bike rides as possible. Here are a few tips so that you and your family can be safer!
■ WEAR YOUR HELMET: Safe Kids® has a fun saying, “Use your head, wear your helmet.” After all it IS the most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
■ RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD: Ride on the right side of the road with traffic. Stay far to the right.
■ USE APPROPRIATE HAND SIGNALS: Inform others where you are traveling with appropriate hand signals. Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.

■ STOP AND LOOK: Be sure drivers are paying attention and going to stop before crossing the street. Stop completely when entering a sidewalk, path or driveway. Look left, then right then left again.
■ WEAR BRIGHT COLORS: Wearing bright colors makes one visible not only at night but during the day as well. Include something reflective such as reflective tape or flashing lights.
■ SUPERVISE: Actively supervise children until you are comfortable that they are responsible to ride on their own.
ACTIVITY FUN: Practice makes perfect- Practice bike safety in your driveway by creating safety scenarios for your children. Set the scene by drawing a street and crosswalks with chalk. Create props for stop signs, motor vehicles and obstacles your children might face while riding on a real street. Have children practice stopping at stop signs and using hand signals. Teach them to cross the “street” by getting off their bikes and walking across.
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