Bicycle Safety

Did you know…

  • 677 bicyclists were killed and 38,000 bicyclists were injured nationwide in 2011?
  • Children account for almost 60 percent of all cyclist injuries?
  • More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport?

Use these tips to ensure that you and the children in your care are safe while riding a bike:

  • Helmets save lives. A helmet should be comfortable and snug, but not too tight.
  • EYES check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
  • Make sure the bike's reflectors are secure, the brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated. Model safe biking behavior:
    • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against. Stay as far to the right as possible.
    • Use appropriate hand signals.
    • Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
    • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.
    • Children should ride their bicycles on the sidewalk until they are 10 years old.
    • Don't ride a bicycle when it's dark, in the fog or in other low-visibility conditions.
    • If riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening is unavoidable, use a light on your bike and make sure it has reflectors.
    • Wear clothing and accessories that incorporate retro-reflective materials to improve your visibility to motorists.

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