Are you ready for safe bike riding this summer?

May is National Bike Safety Month

Did you know helmets can reduce bike-related brain injuries by 88 percent, but only one out of five people actually wear them?

 

Plan

Read the owner’s manual before operating your bicycle.

Purchase certified helmets for each person in the household.

Learn the rules of the road.

 

Prepare

Completely inspect the bike to assure readiness:

Check brakes.

Secure reflectors.

Proper tire inflation.

Wheels securely fastened.

Gears shift smoothly.

Check chain for proper tension and lubrication.

Do the “Eyes, Ears, and Mouth Check” for helmet fit.

Eyes check: look up and you should see bottom rim (two to three fingers above eyebrows).

Ears check: straps should form a V under ears.

Mouth check: open your mouth and you should feel the helmet hug your head.

 

Practice

Ride on the right side of the road with traffic and use hand signals.

Always wear a properly-fitted helmet. Make it a family rule!

You must have lights on front and back of bike when riding at night.

Wear clothes that make you visible (bright, reflective colors).

To operate on sidewalks/paths, check your local ordinances.

Never wear headphones when operating your bicycle — it’s important to hear what’s around you.

Stay informed

Replace any helmet that has been outgrown or damaged.

Reassess the child’s bike for proper size. There should be two to four inches between bike frame and groin when standing.

Watch weather before every ride and prepare accordingly — water, sunscreen, clothing.

 

Resources

•Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute  www.bhsi.org

•Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center  http://www.bicyclinginfo.org

•National Safe Kids Campaign  www.safekids.org

•National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  www.nhtsa.dot.gov

(Editor’s note: The above information was provided by the Sherburne County Are You Ready Workgroup.)



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