Bike safety

Biking is a great way to get around and a fun way to get some fresh air and exercise. But the road is a dangerous place. Here are some tips to help you protect your head and yourself when you’re out biking.

Find a helmet that fits
Choose one you like. Children who get to choose their helmet are more likely to wear it. It should fit on top of the head, resting two fingers above the eyebrows. The straps should be tight, but not so tight the person wearing it can’t open their mouth. And most importantly, once you have it, always wear it. It doesn’t do any good if you leave it at home.

A working bike is a safe bike
No one wants to get a flat tire in traffic or squeeze the brakes and have nothing happen. Here are some things to check before you head out for a ride:
• Make sure it fits you — adjust the seat height if needed
• Squeeze brakes and check pads
• Make sure handlebars are tight and in line with front wheel
• Check tire pressure and condition
• Make sure chain is lubricated
• Test your bell or horn

Be a predictable rider
That’s the best way to prevent collisions between bicycles and cars when you’re on the road. Here’s how:
• Obey traffic signs and signals
• Ride with traffic and stay in your lane
• Use hand signals when turning
• Make eye contact with drivers
• Wear bright or reflective clothing
• Use lights at night or in low-light

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