Bike Safety

Cycling is not only great exercise, it is also fantastic fun. What better way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors than on a bicycle? Biking has been the great American sport since the very first bicycle models came on the scene in the early 1800s and the charm of the sport has never faded. This is an activity that appeals to individuals of all ages, from the smallest toddlers to active senior citizens.

Of course, with every great sport comes some risk for accident or injury and cycling is no exception. However, with some simple precautions and preparations all riders can remain safe all of the time. Following are some key tips on how to stay safe while enjoying the view from atop two wheels.

Giro Me2 Infant Bike Helmet
Helmet

No helmet, no cycling. This should be the mantra not only for children but for riders in all age brackets. How often have you seen a family of cyclists rolling through the park, with only the children in the group sporting a helmet? Not only does this send a seriously mixed message to the young ones, it also endangers the adults in the party. While helmet laws in states such as Illinois, California and Florida are devoted specifically to children under age 16, a helmet is a wise accessory for all riders. You can purchase a child’s helmet for as little as $14 and an adults for as low as $19 at such sites as www.amazon.com.
Giro Flume Youth Bike Helmet

Rules of the Road

There are simple rules dictating how cyclists should handle themselves when on the streets and the savvy rider will abide by all of these rules. Among these rules are signalling, using proper gear, riding with traffic, and strictly following all street signs. For a comprehensive rules of the road listing, check the website for your states Department of Motor Vehicles.

Be Alert

Not only do you need to refrain from using headphones or other devices that disallows you from hearing automotive traffic, you also need to always keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings.

Be Seen

When riding at dusk or at night (which is not recommended for children) be sure to use a headlight, a taillight and make certain your cycle has several reflectors.

Be Prepared

Be sure that your bicycle is in good working order before heading out for a ride. This means performing a general inspection of the bike which should include a brake check, proper inflation for the tires, and being certain the seating is the correct height and secure.

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