Posted on: July 26, 2017
Children often don’t know what is safe and what isn’t so they depend on us to teach them; a great way to teach is by example. They also depend on us to help them know the rules by teaching them what is safe. Here are some ideas for bicycle safety. Remember to be a good example and wear your helmet and follow the rules too.
- 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 and 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
- Bicycle safety is very important. If your child ignores any safety rules or the “rules of the road” their
bike riding privilege should be withheld.