Bicycle Safety


A helmet is the most important piece of equipment you can use when riding a bike. In fact, it is so important that Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a division of the federal government, devised safety standards for helmets. When purchasing headgear, always make sure that your helmet contains a sticker stating that it meets the requirements of the CPSC.


Here are some important reminders about helmets:

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Helmets should be worn so that they cover your forehead with the straps fastened.
  • Take care of a helmet by placing it in its proper storage place and not throwing it around when you are not wearing it.
  • Place reflective stickers on helmets, especially for kids, so that motorists can see them on the road.
  • If you fall down, get a new helmet, as it may not be as effective after a crash.

Be sure to follow the rules of the road while biking:

  • Keep an eye out for motorists, even if you are on a sidewalk or trail.
  • When crossing a busy road, walk your bike through the intersection instead of riding it.
  • Always keep your hands on the handlebars.
  • Obey traffic laws just like motorists. That means stopping at stop signs and obeying streetlights.
  • When riding in a group, do so in a single-file line.
  • Always be on the lookout for common fall spots, like potholes.

Healthy Hints

Wearing the appropriate attire is important for staying safe.

  • Wear brightly colored clothing and place reflective material on your bike.
  • Do not wear loose pants or have long backpack straps or loose shoelaces.
  • Always wear sneakers when biking.
  • Wear riding gloves to get a better grip on the handlebars.


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