Bicycle Safety Tips (Child)

 The single most effective bicycle safety tip is to wear a helmet. The reason for this is that trauma is a leading cause of death in children, and head injuries from bicycle accidents are very common.

These are some tips for your child's safety when riding a bicycle. Take the time to go over this with your child. Teach injury prevention.

  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet when riding a bicycle. The straps should be fastened.

  • Children under 10 should ride on the sidewalk and never at night. Older children should ride in the street, on the right-hand side, in the direction of traffic. Ride in a single line, staying close to the curb.

  • Watch for obstacles - wet leaves, branches, puddles, uneven road, storm grates, gravel or rocks, and curbs. Watch for doors opening on parked cars.

  • Keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the pedals.

  • Stop at all stop signs and traffic lights. Walk bikes through busy streets and intersections.

  • Use hand signals when turning or stopping.

  • Don't ride over drain grates, potholes, loose dirt, gravel or oil slicks.

  • Don't try to carry a second person on your bike.

  • Carrying heavy packages and books on a bicycle may cause the loss of control and falling.

  • Give pedestrians the right of way.

  • Watch for parked cars backing up, backing out of driveways, opening doors in front of you or pulling out into traffic.

  • Never hitch a ride by holding onto a moving car or motorcycle.

  • Be sure nothing will get caught in the chain such as loose pants, backpack straps, shoelaces. Wear the right shoes while riding. Sandals and flip-flops or shoes with cleats may slip off the pedal. Never ride barefoot.

  • Never let your child ride a bike at night or at dusk. Nighttime riding requires special skills and the bicycle safety equipment. Most children have neither the skills nor the equipment.

  • Keep bicycles adjusted and in good working condition.

  • Don't wear earphones when riding. This might prevent you from hearing car horns.

  • When passing people or other bikers, pass on their left side. Call out "On your left", so they know what you are doing and they don't run in to you trying to get out of your way.

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