With warmer weather finally here, it means more and more people will be out bicycling. Do you know that about 57 million Americans ride bikes on a regular basis? Some do it for the exercise. Some do it for the pure enjoyment of it. While others are even bicycling some just to help save gas.
Yet, just like with any other sport, you need to think about safety when it comes to bicycling. And if you are riding with children it is very important that they are also aware of the basic rules when it comes to safety when bicycling.
Here are some simple rules we all should remember before we go for that next fun ride.
Don’t forget that helmet. This means that both children and adults should be wearing them. Why? We need to protect our heads if we fall. A helmet is the best way to prevent a head or brain injury from occurring. We also must we a properly fitted helmet.
Make sure all bikes are equipped with a bell or a horn of some kind.
Make sure all bikes have reflectors attacked to the front and rear pedals as well as on both wheels of the bikes.
Always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic, never against it.
When riding with other bicyclists, always ride in single file.
If you are going to cross a busy street, get off your bicycle and walk it across the street. Do not attempt to ride across it.
Always wear bright colors of clothing, so drivers can easily see you.
If you are going to be riding your bike at night, or on dark cloudy days, wear reflective clothing and use your headlight (if you have one). Use extreme caution when allowing children to ride their bicycles after night.
Use proper hand signals and make sure the children who are riding with you know these as well.
Always watch the traffic. Look behind you for oncoming traffic before you make a turn or change lanes.
Always watch for traffic before riding into it.
Never hitch a ride on a car. Hitching a ride on a car is when a bicyclist coasts beside a car. This is a foolish and dangerous act that can lead to disaster and you getting hurt.
If you have an older helmet for your child make sure it has an American National Standards Institute or a Snell Memorial Foundation approval seal. If you are buying a new helmet for your child make sure that it meets all the new safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Any time you have been in an accident, your helmet should be replaced, especially those of children’s.
One more note, if the adults wear their helmets, the children are more apt to wear theirs without complaining.
Remember these simple steps and then your next bicycling adventure can be a safe and fun one..