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Monday, May 1, 2017

Bike Safety

I have so many great memories of riding my bike when I was a kid, watching my children learn to ride and taking leisurely rides with my family along side. These are some great reasons to ride my bike and even more great reasons is because it is fun, healthy, and a great way to enjoy the world that is our community and beyond. However , a bike is not a toy, its a type of vehicle. Even a cool vehicle and a cool rider have to follow basic safety tips.

Inspect your bike before riding it to ensure it is ready to ride. Make sure all parts are tightly put together well, secure and working properly.

Be sure to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet to help protect your head, skull and brain. In the case that something would go wrong a helmet could save your life.

Your bike should fit you properly. To ensure it fits you properly stand over your bike. Make sure there is an inch or two between you and the top tube (bar) if a road bike , if you are riding a mountain bike ensure there is 3 to 4 inches apart. The bike seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a light bend at the knee when your leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be same level with the seat. Now make sure your tires are inflated and ready to ride. Check to make sure your brakes work.

Whenever your ride no matter the weather you should be able to be seen by others. Dusk, dawn, foul weather, or even at night there are things you can do to ensure all see you. White clothing is more visible, neon green, fluorescent or other bright colors should  be worn whether riding day or night. Clothing that reflects light or reflective tape or flashlights should be used as well. Your ability to see the driver does not mean they have the ability to see you.

While it was cool to ride with no hands when I was younger it is always safer to keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all time. Carrying books and other items while riding a bike should be done via a backpack.

Pay attention to potential road hazards. Stay on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves and dogs. Help friends you may be riding with to stay alert of any issues as well.

Bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Traveling with traffic and not against it is the bike rule. Riding in the same direction as other vehicles is the safe way to be.

When riding in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Ride in a straight line not in and out of cars. Signal moves to others.

Use your eyes and ears, watch for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that can make you lose control of your bike. In addition listen for traffic and do not wear a headset while riding.

Children under the age of 10 can not ride their bike in the road. They are better off riding their bike on the sidewalk. Check the laws in your state to make sure where you should ride your bike

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