Bike riding is fun way to play and exercise, but it can also be dangerous and you can easily get hurt. Many people get head injuries in bike accidents, so that’s why bicycle helmets are so important. Safety has to be taken into consideration before you go anywhere. It begins even before rubber meets the road. Ensure your bike is properly maintained, as this is the key to trouble-free rides. Work on your bike skills, the best riders are skilled riders. Before you go out plan safe cycle routes with an adult. Where do you want to go? What is the safest way to get there? Also remember the road rules and always use them.
Rule 1. Always wear a bike helmet
When choosing a helmet, make sure you choose one which:
- Does not cover your eyes or ears
- Fits closely to your head and is the right size for you
- Has a strap to hold it firmly in place
Rule 2. Always wear bright colours and reflective gear.
Rule 3. Always ensure your bike has a reflector at the back and the pedals, as well a light on the back and front.
Rule 4. Always keep to the side of the road and always use the bicycle lane if possible. Cycle in the same direction the traffic is moving.
Rule 5. Always follow the rules of the road. Obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Use hand signals when turning.
Rule 6. Always be aware of drivers in parked cars. They may not see you and open their doors or pull out unexpectedly.
Rule 1. Never wear headphones or listen to tunes when cycling.
Rule 2. Never wear long or loose clothing as it can get caught in bike chains or wheel spokes.