Bike safety is one of the most important basic things we can teach our children. Safety starts with YOU !

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Your Bicycle

  • Each day before riding check your brakes for wear and tires for appropriate inflation - each week give your bicycle a thorough inspection
  • Use a seat pack capable of holding a spare tube; tools, flat tire repair kit; coins for phone call - or cellular phone
  • Bring a tire pump (most can be attached to your bike frame).  Fenders will keep you and your bicycle clean
  • Rear rack and panniers or a bicycle trailer to carry your belongings
  • Use a bell to signal to others that you are approaching
  • Use a mirror for scanning behind while you ride but also learn the technique of looking back while holding a straight line
  • Consider taking a basic maintenance class through a local bike shop

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At Night or When Conditions Cause Poor Visability

Required by State and Local Law:

  • Front white headlight visible from 500 feet - approximately one city block
  • Rear red reflector visible from 600 feet
  • Mounted side reflectors visible from 600 feet
  • A red rear flashing light is recommended to increase visibility
  • Wear light colored clothing or clothing that is retro-reflective

Use Your Head - Wear a Helmet

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To prevent head injuries, your helmet should:

  • Fit comfortably touching the head all the way around; level and stable enough to resist even violent shakes or hard blows and stay in place
  • Adjust fit pads or rings to secure helmet. It should sit level on your head, with the front just above the eyebrows or frame of glasses. If you walk into a wall, the helmet should hit before your nose does!
  • Adjust straps so when you look up, the front rim should be barely visible to your eye; the "Y" of the side straps should meet just below your ear.
  • The chin strap should be snug against your chin so when you open your mouth very wide, you feel the helmet pull down a little bit. (Bike Helmet Safety Institute)
Rules of the Road
  • Stop at red lights, stop signs and before entering a roadway
  • Do not wear earphones plugged into a radio or tape player while riding a bike

  • Children up to 14 years of age must wear bicycle helmets; child passengers up to age four must ride in secure safety seats

  • Report any bicycle accident in which a person is killed or seriously injured to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles within 10 days

  • Ensure the bicycle has the equipment required by law

Bicyclists must obey these and all traffic laws. Failure to do so is a traffic infraction and could result in fines for adults and Family Court action for children.

BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS

  • Children up to age 14 must wear a helmet approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles

  • Ride your bike on the far right with traffic

  • Obey all traffic signs, signals and pavement markings

  • Use proper hand signals

  • Yield to emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and approaching vehicles

  • Walk your bike across intersections and busy streets

  • Use a headlight and taillight and wear reflective clothing if you must ride at night

  • Watch out for opening car doors and for cars pulling into traffic

  • Wear bright colored clothing

  • Avoid objects on the pavement that may cause you to lose control of your bike

  • Never carry a passenger on a bike unless it’s a child in an approved safety seat

  • Keep both hands on handle bars


 

Parents and Children! Take the...

Bicycle Safety Quiz
***Click here for a printable survey***

Answer TRUE or FALSE
Look below for the answers!


 1. _____ Bicycles are toys.
 2. _____ Hand signals tell other drivers that you can drive with one hand.
 3. _____ Traffic signs and signals are only for car drivers.
 4. _____ You only need to wear a helmet when riding on busy streets.
 5. _____ Before you enter a street from an alley or driveway, you should always stop first.
 6. _____ Before you make a left turn, look quickly over your shoulder to find out what is coming behind.
 7. _____ The seat of a bike is the right height if you can touch the ground with the toes of both feet.
 8. _____ Your brakes are good enough if your rear wheel skids on loose dirt, but not on pavement.
 9. _____ A loose bicycle chain means that it is easier to pedal.
10. _____ Sidewalks are safer to ride on than roads.
11. _____ You don’t have to stop at a stop sign if you are on a bike and there are no vehicles coming.
12. _____ It’s generally a good idea to ride a bicycle at least four feet out from parked cars even if it means being closer to moving cars.
13. _____ Bicycles should be operated in the middle of traffic lanes.



ANSWERS: 1. False. Adults ride bicycles also and all must obey the rules of the road. 2. False. Hand signals alert motorists to your actions. 3. False. Everyone using the road must obey traffic signs and signals. 4. False. A helmet should be worn anytime you ride a bicycle and it must be worn by bicyclists under age 14. 5. True. 6. True. 7. True. 8. False. 9. False. 10. False. Sidewalks can be more dangerous due to the number of sight restrictions, driveways and obstacles. 11. False. Bicyclists must stop at stop signs. 12. True. 13. False. State law requires bicycles to be operated in bike lanes, or near the right-edge curb or shoulder to avoid undue interference with traffic.