Most kids love to ride bicycles, and many of them do not consider the possible dangers associated with the activity unless their parents teach them about safety. By sharing this list of bicycle safety rules with your children, you can help keep them safe when they ride.
1. Wear a good helmet every time you get on your bike. Adjust the straps to make your helmet fit snugly, and never ride even a short distance without it.
2. Kneepads, elbow pads and gloves are not mandatory, but they can help prevent serious injuries if you should have a mishap while riding.
3. Wear proper clothing. Light colored clothes or reflective garments make it easier for motorists to see you.
4. Ride a bike that is the right size for you. If you cannot balance the bicycle with your toes while you are sitting on the seat, it is too high. Adjust the seat to fit you, or ride a different bike that fits.
5. Check the bicycle brakes, tires, chains and handlebars often, and keep them working properly. A bicycle basket is a safety feature because you can transport items in it and keep your hands free to guide the bike safely.
6. Keep reflectors on both the front and back of your bike, and attach a headlight for use as soon as the sunlight begins to dim.
7. Obey all traffic rules, and ride on the right side of the road because cyclists must abide by the same rules that all drivers observe. Learn to use hand signals, so motorists will know when you plan to turn or stop.
8. Do not ride in neighborhoods where traffic is heavy.
9. When riding with others, always stay in single file.
10. Walk bikes across intersections.
11. Be alert, and watch for loose gravel, potholes, people, animals or other obstacles that may pose problems for you.
12. Do not listen to music or talk on a cell phone while riding your bicycle. You should be able to hear approaching vehicles and animals for your safety.
The Bicycle Barn has a good supply of safety equipment as well as bicycles, and Greg will be happy to help you choose the best gear for your kids. Come in and ask him any questions you may have, and he will offer valuable advice about bicycles, related equipment and riding.
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