Bike Safety for Safety Professionals

Did you know…

  • The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet?

Encourage children and families to follow these tips to keep them safe while riding a bike:

  • Helmets should be comfortable and snug, but not too tight. It should sit centered on top of the head in a level position, and it should not rock forward and backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled snugly against the chin.
  • Encourage riders to follow the rules of the road:
    • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against. Stay as far to the right as possible.
    • Use appropriate hand signals.
    • Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stop lights.
    • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.
  • Remind children to ride their bicycles on the sidewalk until they are 10-years-old, and that it's dangerous to ride a bicycle when it's dark, in the fog or in other low-visibility conditions.
  • If riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening is unavoidable, remind riders that they should use a light on their bike and make sure it has reflectors.
  • Encourage riders to wear clothing and accessories that incorporate retro-reflective materials to improve their visibility to motorists.

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