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22
Feb

Help Your Kids Enjoy Bicycling Safely

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The weather is taking a turn for the better and, as it does, more children will be hitting the streets on their favorite mode of transportation: Bicycles. When it comes to cycling, parents need to make sure that their children are following safety rules. These rules aren’t meant to put a damper on the fun that kids are having, but to keep them healthy.

Bicycle accidents do happen and often result in serious injury. This is especially true in bicycle versus vehicle accidents. Help your kids follow these easy rules to keep their bike rides from turning tragic.

1. Helmet

Every bike rider should have a helmet strapped firmly to their head. A helmet that fits properly can help to prevent head trauma in the event of an accident.

2. Maintenance

Bikes should receive routine maintenance each season. Make sure all parts are in working order and that tires are properly inflated.

3. Size

Children grow quickly. Make sure that your child’s bike is the right size. This can often be accomplished by raising the height of the bike seat and handlebars.

4. Visibility

Make sure that your child is visible. Light and bright clothing is beneficial, as are reflectors and lights on the bicycle itself.

5. Hands Free

Your child’s hands should be free to rest on the handlebars. Any belongings should be stored in a backpack or the bike’s carrier.

6. Road Hazards

Teach your child to watch out for road hazards like broken glass, uneven pavement and potholes.

7. Dark

Your child should not be permitted to ride their bike after dark, when they will be harder to spot by passing motorists.

8. Rules of the Road

In general, bicycles are considered vehicles and must adhere to the rules of the road. Make sure your child knows what these rules are for your locality.

9. Alertness

Your child should be taught how to scan the area for potential dangers. Paying more attention to their friends and siblings than to the road ahead can put them in harm’s way.

10. Intersections

Teach your child how to cross the road at intersections. If your child is riding unsupervised, you want to be sure that they are not riding in a manner that is putting them at risk.

Bike riding is a great form of exercise and a good source of fun. When your child knows the rules that must be followed, they are more likely to have a healthy ride.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, give us a call. Our attorneys are standing by to provide you with a free case evaluation. Call now.

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