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Bicycle Safety

To make sure children are safe when riding bicycles to and from school, here are some helpful tips:
  • Wear a helmet! Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent.
  • Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, stay in the bike lane, riding in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
  • When cycling with friends, ride in single file instead of riding next to one another and perhaps extending out into traffic.  Obey rules of the road; the rules are the same for all vehicles, including bicycles.
  • Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.
  • Wear bright colors and use lights. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
  • Choose the safest route between home and school and practice it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.

For more information on children and bicycle safety, click on the image below.

Kids and Bicycle Safety flyer from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,