Here are some safety tips on how your child can stay safe on his or her bike.
Check your equipment. Before riding, check to make sure tires, seat, and pedals are adjusted properly.
Adjust your bicycle to fit you, specifically. Did you know that your seat should be adjusted to allow a slight bend of the knee when your leg is fully extended? Your handlebar should also be at the same height level as your seat.
Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It doesn’t matter if it looks cool or not; what matters is that your life could be saved just by wearing a snug-fitting helmet.
Practice controlling your bike. You should always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars to control steering and stopping. If you are carrying items, have a bike basket or backpack on.
Watch for & avoid road hazards. These hazards may be difficult to spot even if you are paying full attention to the road. Be on the lookout for: potholes, gravel, broken glass, & puddles.
Avoid nighttime riding. It goes without saying that riding your bicycle at night makes it harder for the rider and oncoming vehicles/pedestrians to see you. Try to avoid taking your bike out at night.
SEEN & BE SEEN. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, you should always be easily seen by oncoming vehicles/pedestrians. Wear white, neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors. It also helps to wear something that will reflect light, or put flashing lights on the bicycle itself. Just because you can see oncoming objects, it does not mean they can see you.
Please call us at Friedman, Domiano & Smith if you or your child has been injured or involved in a bicycle accident and a legal matter arises.
Last modified on September 23, 2014.
Published by Friedman, Domiano & Smith Co., L.P.A.