Riding a bicycle is a great way to stay fit, encourage independence in kids, and have fun! There are some bicycle safety concerns to be aware of, though. According to the CDC, bicyclists face a higher risk of injury than motor vehicle occupants do. Bicycles are even legally considered vehicles in many states.
Avoid injury by observing these basic bicycle safety tips.
Wear a Helmet
Protect your brain from injury by wearing a properly fitted helmet. Check kids’ helmets for proper fit.
Maintain Your Bicycle
Is your bicycle well-maintained? Check the following regularly:
- Proper fit.
- Tire air pressure.
Be Seen (and Heard)
The most common type of collision between cyclists and motor vehicles is a “right cross,” which is when I car is pulling out of a parked position on the cyclists’ right. This and other collisions usually occur because the driver of the motor vehicle doesn’t see the bicyclist approaching. Be seen and heard more easily by:
- Wearing bright and/or reflective clothing.
- Using a headlamp at night.
- Waving when approaching a car ready to pull out.
- Shouting, ringing a bell, or honking a horn when approaching cars.
Of course, always ride defensively and slow to a possible stop if you don’t make eye contact with a driver pulling out.
Don’t forget the rules of the road. Learn your community’s local laws on bicycling on the road amidst motor traffic.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!