Summer is a great time to go for a bike ride—which makes it a great time for some bike safety reminders!
- Wear a helmet. When you’re balancing high up on two wheels, it’s unfortunately all too easy to take a tumble—and if you do, that helmet will protect your head and everything inside it. Make sure your helmet is the right size for you, and that it’s correctly fastened.
- Speaking of sizing: make sure you’re riding a bike that’s the right size for you. If it’s too big, it’s difficult to control. If it’s too small, you will struggle to steer and pedal properly.
- And speaking of biking accessories, make sure you wear brightly-colored or reflective gear to make it easy for pedestrians and motorists to see you.
- Make sure your shoelaces are well tied and your pants legs are tied down, so nothing will get caught in the chain.
- Prior to leaving for your ride, give your bike a quick inspection. Make sure the brakes are functioning correctly, the tires are pumped up appropriately, you’re able to steer easily, and the chain moves smoothly. Adjust the seat to the right height and make sure it’s locked in place.
- Never assume that a pedestrian, motorist, or other cyclist sees you. Be aware of your surroundings, and take action to prevent an accident before it can occur.
- Always ride with the flow of traffic. Avoid riding on sidewalks—motorists will not expect to see a cyclist there, which could put you at greater risk of an accident. Use hand signals to inform those around you when you are planning to turn. Before entering traffic, look left, right, left again, and behind you.
- Most of all, have fun!
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