Bicycle Safety

Cycling is fun for the entire family, but both you and your kids need to be properly equipped when riding bikes, skateboards or anything with wheels. Learn how to get the right helmet for your activity, the best helmet fit and many other tips to make sure your kids ride safely.

 

Key Facts of Bicycling

  • Each year, approximately 140 children are killed as bicyclists.
  • Children sustain more than 275,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries each year.
  • Apart from the automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product.
  • It has been estimated that 75 percent of fatal head injuries among child bicyclists could have been prevented with a bicycle helmet.
  • Children are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash than older riders (15 years and older).
  • More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport.

 

Bike Safety Tips:

 

  • First, get your helmet and make sure it fits properly. A good fitting helmet will sit flat on your head and not slip down to cover your eyes or fall back on your head. It should be buckled so it will not fall off.
  • Once your helmet is in place, it is time to do a safety inspection on your bike. You should check your brakes to make sure they are working properly, your chain should be tight and oiled, the handlebars, seat, wheels should be tight and you certainly need air in your tires.
  • Now we you are ready to hit the road with these safety rules in mind, but wait… wearing reflective clothing and mounting a bright flashing light on your bike is always a good idea!

 

Rules of the Road:

 

  • Ride with both hands on the handlebars except when signaling a turn or stop.
  • Ride in a single file and in a straight line.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Go with the traffic flow and ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as cars.
  • Walk your bike across an intersection.
  • Look for obstacles in the roadway that could make you fall, like potholes, cracks, and pebbles.
  • Stop and look left-right-left for traffic before entering a street.
  • Watch for parked cars and cars pulling out or into parking spaces or driveways.
  • Use your ears to listen for traffic. Don’t wear earphones to listen to music or try to use a cell phone while riding.

 

Hopefully obeying these simple rules will keep you safe!

 

Sources: Chapel Hill Police Department & Safe Kids USA