The Tour de France just ended. Exercise enthusiasts had tuned in around the globe to celebrate this national race. In honor of this fantastic event we are happy to share some great tips for bicycle safety.
Choosing a Bicycle and Helmet For Your Child
- Maturity Level: The most important component of buying a bicycle is the child’s age and the environment they are going to be biking.
- Be Bold: Make sure that the bicycle is visible to drivers and other cyclists. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Each certified helmet will have a sticker that indicates that the helmet is a quality helmet.
- Check Your Helmet: Because they lose their ability to absorb shock, routinely check your helmet each season.
- Tight Fitting Helmet: Do not wear a hat underneath.
- Love Your Helmet: Do not throw your helmet around. A damaged helmet may be unable to protect you in the event of an accident.
- Spacing: There should be a space of 1-2 inches between your body and the top bar of a road bike, and 3 to 4 inches between your body and the top of a bike.
- Pump check: Before going for a ride, check your tires! Pump the tires with your pedals to make sure that it will be a safe ride.
- Get a headlight: For those that are bicycling at night do not forget to add a headlight. It not only is required by the law but will keep you safe.
- Wave: Always wave at the driver! It is easier for drivers to see arms indicating your direction instead of seeing a bicycle coming.
- Arm Signs: Learn the different arm signs that will let drivers know the direction you are turning.
- Road Rules: Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic lights.
- Direction flow: Ride in the direction of traffic so people can predict the movement and direction of a bicyclist. In some states such as Flordia, bicyclists can get a citation for not riding in the same direction as traffic.
- Keep Your Distance: Stay away from parked cars, for doors can open suddenly. Crossing An Interaction: When you arrive at an intersection, walk your bicycle across the crosswalk.
- Leader Of The Pack: If riding with a group of people, always ride behind one another to share the road with motorists.
- Avoid Noise: Avoid wearing listening to music while biking. Many bicycle accidents could have been prevented if riders were not distracted.
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