Riding a bike is fun, great exercise and can give your child a sense of freedom and independence. To be safe while bicycling, children should follow some important guidelines.
Always Wear a Helmet
Helmets should always be worn and fastened snugly when riding your bicycle. Helmets help protect your head in case of a crash.
Wear Bright Colored Clothing
Wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing will help drivers and other bikers see you on the road. Avoid wearing dark clothes, especially at night.
Obey Traffic Rules
Bikes must obey the same traffic rules as cars. Stop at all stop signs and red lights, travel in the same direction as cars, and use hand turn signals.
Bike on Trails or Roads with Little Traffic
Ride your bike on less-busy streets, trails and in parks. If you come to a busy intersection it is best to just walk your bike across the street, using the crosswalk.
Take a Bike Safety Class
It is a good idea for children to take a bike safety course. Classes are offered through schools or neighborhood bike collectives.