Bicycle Safety for Kids
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Kids will be out of school soon. While driving, watch for little tykes on their bikes on or near streets. If you are sending your little tyke out to play on a bike, be sure to help him/her learn and follow these safe practices for bicycle safety.
Always wear a helmet when riding anything with wheels (except a car—then you need a seatbelt). This includes skate boards, scooters, roller blades, and bicycles.
- A bicycle is a vehicle just like a car. So on your bike, obey all the same rules as a car.
- Wear bright colored clothing, and wear fluorescent or reflective clothing if you ride at night.
- If you ride at night, you must have a light on the front and back of your bike—reflectors are not lights.
- Check your bike every time you ride—the brakes, handlebars, and air pressure in your tires.
- Children under the age of 10 should ride on the sidewalks instead of in the road.
- Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and businesses and turning corners.
- If you and a car come to an intersection at the same time, make eye contact with the driver. Wait for the driver to tell you it is ok to go.
- Ride the same direction as the traffic and always use hand signals when turning.
- When riding on the sidewalk, always say “excuse me” or “passing on your left” to alert pedestrians before going around them. Pedestrians have the right of way.
- Never let your friends ride on the handlebars or pegs—one seat = one person.