By PSR Staff | Tue, 05/24/2011 - 16:25
Good weather means kids riding bikes. But times have changed, parents, and kids no longer just roll their bicycle out of the garage and take off around the neighborhood. Our kids are safer on their bikes today, but only if we make sure they follow these simple rules.
- Never ride against traffic - Motorists often won’t see bikes riding on the wrong side of the road. State laws require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles
- Hand signals – Know proper hand signals so you can tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do.
- Don't weave between parked cars - Don't ride out to the curb between parked cars unless they are far apart.
- Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked "right-turn only.”
- Choose the best way to turn left - Either signal your move and then turn, or ride straight to the far side crosswalk and walk your bike across
- Don't pass on the right – It is hard for drivers to see a bicycle passing on the right.
- Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that drivers don't see you until you make eye contact.
- Scan the road - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Scan the road behind you a rear-view mirror while riding.
- Avoid road hazards - Watch out for sewer grates, gravel, ice and debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.
- Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain since breaks are less efficient when wet.
- Use lights at night - A white headlight visible from at least 500 feet ahead and a rear reflector or taillight visible up to 300 feet from behind.
- Dress appropriately – Wear raingear in wet conditions and dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Always wear a helmet and bright colored clothing.
- Keep bike in good repair - Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself
- Finally, always follow these three tips:
- OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS
- ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
- NEVER RIDE WITH HEADPHONES