Bicycle Safety

Whether you’re 5 or 60 years-old, a bicycle is your ticket to healthy fun. All you do is hop on, hit the pedals, and go. But wait, not so fast! Even if you’ve ridden a thousand times before, it’s worth checking out safety reminders.

Tips for a safe ride:

  • Wear a helmet. Take the Helmet Fit Test to make sure it fits properly or it may not protect your head in a crash.
  • Be seen. Consider getting a flashing red light for your bike for low-visibility situations. At a minimum, install front and back reflectors and dress in bright clothes.
  • Follow the rules of the road. Stop at stop signs and traffic lights. Just like motorists, cyclists must obey signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Go with the flow. Ride on the right, in the same direction as other traffic. Never ride against traffic.
  • Stay alert. Watch for hazards. Keep an eye out for parked cars. Doors can open suddenly. Watch for cars backing out of driveways. Be ready to avoid potholes, rocks, or other road debris.
  • Ride a bike that fits. A bike that is too big can be difficult for you or your kids to control. Check
    with your local bike shop for tips on purchasing the right size.
  • Inspect your bike prior to riding. Check that the tires are properly inflated, that all parts are secure and working properly, and that the seat is at the proper height and locked in place.
  • Do not ride under the influence. Alcohol and other drugs can impact your vision, balance, coordination, and slow your reflexes, increasing the chances of a crash.

Bike Riding Safety

 

Rules of the Road