Bicycle Safety Tips for All Ages.

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Bicycle Safety Tips for All Ages.

The month of May is all about bicycles the entire month is designated as “Bike Safety Month” and today, May 10th, marks “National Ride Your Bike to School Day”. So, let’s get into the bike riding fun with some helpful tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and go ride our bikes around Boca Grove.
 
Tips for Riding Safe:
  1. Make sure to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Keep those brains of yours safe!
  2. Adjust your bike to fit you. How? When you stand over your bicycle there should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top bar if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches from the top bar if it is a mountain bike. The seat should be level from front to back and the seat height should be adjusted to allow for a slight bend at your knee when your leg is fully extended. The handlebar should be at the same height as the seat.  
  3. Check your bike. Before you go for a ride make sure the tires are inflated and that your brakes are working.
  4. Be visible. Make sure no matter what time of day you are riding that others can see you. However, while you may think wearing white is the way to go, that doesn’t always work. It is suggested that you wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors at any time of the day. Also make sure to wear something that reflects light, whether it be reflective tape or markings, or use flashing lights. Remember: just because you see them does not mean they see you.
  5. Have control of your bike. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars if not both. If you must carry something, put it in a carrier basket or a backpack. Keep your hands free!
  6. Watch for and avoid road hazards. Keep a look out for potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, dogs and anything else that could cause a crash. If you are riding with others, make sure to point out the hazard to the riders behind you.
  7. Avoid riding at night. If you can help it, don’t ride at night but if you must, make sure to have reflectors on the front and back of your bike, as well as your tires, and make sure you are visible as well.
 
Rules of the Road When Riding Your Bike:
  1. Go with traffic flow. Ride in the same direction as other vehicles and stay to the right side. Do not go against traffic!
  2. Obey all traffic laws. Think of it this way – your bicycle is a vehicle and you are the driver. Make sure you when you are riding in the street that you obey all traffic signals, signs and lane markings.
  3. Yield to traffic when appropriate. If you are entering a larger street from a smaller street without a stop sign, slow down and look before you pull onto the street.
  4. Be predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of traffic, and make sure you always signal when you are making a change.
  5. Stay alert at all times. Use your eyes and ears when riding. Look for hazards and anything else that will make you lose control of your bike. Listen for traffic and other dangers, and don’t wear a headset.
  6. Look before you turn. Watch before you turn right or left to make sure there is a break in traffic and make sure you signal that you are turning. Also, watch for traffic that is turning right or left into the lane you are in.
  7. Watch for parked cars. Ride far enough out from the curb that you can avoid a parked car’s door being opened or the car pulling out.
 
Sidewalk Riding Versus Street Riding:
  1. Children. Children that are under 10 should always ride on the sidewalk.
  2. Sidewalk rules. Watch for vehicles turning in or pulling out of driveways, stop at corners to make sure cars aren’t coming before crossing, and always alert those walking that you are approaching and on what side of them you are passing.
 
Keeping yourself safe while riding will make your biking experience that much better. In the words of the band Queen, “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike.” Get out there and ride!
Posted: 5/10/2017 2:54:14 PM by Heather Dupree


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