Spring Bicycling Safety Tips
Bicycles remain associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile. Wearing a properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of brain injury by approximately 90 percent.
- A bicycle is considered a vehicle.Â Learn the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws:
- Ride on the right side of the road with traffic
- Use the appropriate hand signals to indicate a turn
- Respect all traffic signals
- Stop at all stop signs
- Always look Left, Right, and then Left again before entering a street
- Always wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle, scooter, or using skatesÂ or a skateboard!
- A bicycle helmet should fit comfortably and snugly
- The helmet should sit level on the head about two finger widths above the eyebrows
- The side adjustor buckles should formÂ a â€œVâ€ directly under the ear lobe
- Buckle the chinstrap so that only two fingers can fit between the chin and the strap
- Use wrist guards and elbow/knee pads when riding a scooter, or using skates or a skateboard.
- Helmets should be labeled as meeting the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets.
- Look for the sticker with the helmet manufacturer date, and replace helmets that are over 5 years old.
- Always replace a helmet after a crash; it has done its job!
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