5 Tips for Bicycle Safety
- Set Limits
- Young children should only ride with adult supervision and off the street
- The decision to allow older children to ride in the street should depend on traffic patterns, individual maturity, adequate knowledge, and ability to follow the “rules of the road”
- Don’t Ride in the Dark
Night riding requires special skills and special equipment; few youngsters are equipped with either
- Keep Bikes in Good Repair Teach children to check their tires, brakes, and seat and handlebar height annually
- Follow the Rules
- Ride with traffic
- Stop and look both ways
- Stop at all intersections
- Before turning, use hand signals and look all ways
- Wear a Helmet
Children must be provided with helmets (approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission) and taught to wear them properly on every ride, starting when they get their first bike or tricycle.
- Hold Your Child Accountable
Bike safety is very important. If your child ignores any safety rules or the “rules of the road,” their bike riding privilege should be withheld.
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