Back to School Bicycle Safety Tips

February 12th, 2013 posted by Family Corner Staff

It’s time to head back to school, and kids will be donning their backpacks and hopping onto their bicycles. Be sure to go over this checklist with your kids to get them off to school safely. Check the condition of your bicycle to ensure it is safe to ride. Brakes, wheel alignment, chain/chain guard, reflectors, seat, pedals, handlebars, tires, axle nuts and bearings should all be evaluated and repaired or adjusted as necessary. Always wear a bicycle helmet. Select the safest route to your destination and use it. Avoid busy streets and intersections. // Watch for cars at cross streets, driveways and parking spaces. Obey all traffic rules and signs–always give proper hand signals:

Left turn:

left hand and arm held straight out, pointing left;

Right turn:

left hand & arm held straight up or right arm held straight out, pointing right;


left hand and arm held straight down. Walk your bike across busy intersections. Always ride with traffic and as close as possible to the right side of the road. Younger riders should use sidewalks when possible. Always ride single file and watch for opening car doors. Most bicycles are built to carry only one person. Don’t carry passengers. If you must ride your bike at night, be sure your headlight and reflectors are in good condition. Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Be sure the roadway is clear before entering.

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