Ten steps to bicycle safety:
1. Be protected -
Always wear an approved
bicycle helmet. Adult cyclists as well as children
receive serious and sometimes fatal head injuries. 75%
of cycle-related fatalities are due to head injury.
Statistics show that 95% of the children in the U.S. own and
ride a bicycle and 80% of the crashes involving children under
15 years old are caused by the children themselves.
Wearing an approved bicycle helmet reduces head injuries by
2. Be visible -
Smart cyclists make
themselves easy to see. If you are out after dark or in
fog or rain, make sure motorists can see you. Use
lights, reflectors and reflective tape. A bell or horn
is also a good idea. Wear light or bright colors like
red, white or yellow. Put an extra bit of reflective
tape on the pedals. Wear reflective bands on your wrists
and ankles or on the front and back of your jacket.
3. Obey all traffic signs and
signals - Signs and signals are posted to protect your life and the
lives of others. They must be obeyed.
4. Ride with traffic
- Remember- you must
not ride in the middle of the road, or on the left-hand side,
or weave your bike from side to side. Always be very
careful when you pass parked cars. Thoughtless motorists
sometimes open doors on the traffic side, right in your path.
5. Ride single file on the
street - Always
ride one behind the other. Do not follow too closely.
Keep at least one bike length behind the cyclist ahead in case
you have to stop suddenly.
6. Stop before riding into the street from your
driveway or a lane - Motorists may not have time to
see you if you pop out suddenly.
7. Always walk your bike at busy
corners - It's
impossible to see in all directions at once. Traffic is
tricky at corners, so the safest thing to do is to dismount
and walk your bike across with the pedestrians.
8. Never ride two on a
bicycle - Unless you
have a tandem bicycle (a bicycle built for two) your bike was
built to carry only one person. Never carry passengers
on the handlebars, crossbar or seat.
9. No "trick riding" on streets or
highways - Trick riding on the streets, roads or highways
isn't smart - it's dumb. Good cyclists don't have to
10. Lock your bicycle
- When leaving your
bicycle in a school yard, shopping plaza or other location,
make sure you lock your bicycle to avoid it being stolen.
Lock it with a sturdy lock or lose it!
1. Always wear a helmet.
2. Wear proper clothes.
3. Make sure your bike is adjusted properly.
4. Check brakes before riding.
5. Ride with traffic. Keep to the right of the
6. Be aware of traffic around you.
7. Stay alert - Keep a look out for obstacles in your
8. Obey all traffic signals.
1. Show off.
2. Zigzag, race or stunt ride in traffic.
3. Hitch rides on trucks or cars.
4. Accept passengers.
5. Carry large packages which can get in your way.
6. Ride against traffic.
7. Tailgate or ride too close.