How to Be a Safe Bicyclist

How to Be a Safe Bicyclist
Kids tend to do as the adults around them do, so for the safety of yourself and kids who look up to you, practice bicycle safety. There are several safety steps you can follow to ensure that you, and those riding with you, do not get hurt on your bikes. Making a check list for younger ones might help them remember.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Helmet and other protective equipment
  • Bright clothing
Step 1
Check your brakes and make sure they are working properly before taking your bike for a ride.
Step 2
Look at the chain to make sure it is sitting on the gears properly and that there is no debris stuck in the spokes or gears.
Step 3
Put on a bicycle helmet before going out for a ride. Make sure the straps are adjusted so that it snugly fits your head. Also wear knee and elbow pads if you are planning to do any stunts or if you are a beginning rider.
Step 4
Use training wheels on the bikes of anyone who is not completely comfortable riding yet.
Step 5
Ride on the right-hand side of the street, going with the flow of traffic.
Step 6
Look both ways before crossing a street.
Step 7
Wear bright clothing so that people in vehicles will notice you more easily.
Step 8
Use hand signals to let others know what you are planning to do. Allowing a car behind you to know you are about to stop will keep them from running into you. Hold your left arm out horizontal to the ground, and then bend the elbow so that the forearm points up. This is a right turn signal. Do the same with the forearm pointing down to signal a stop. Hold the left arm out horizontal with no bend to signal a left turn.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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