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The 411 on Bike Safety

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Biking is fun, healthy and good for the environment. But your bike is a vehicle, not a toy!

Some bike crashes can cause serious injuries and most are related to the behavior of you (the bicyclist) or the motorist. There are a number of things you can do to prevent a crash, and protect your brain if a crash occurs.

Safe Riding Tips

Before riding, make sure you and your bike are ready to ride. Remember to:

  • Wear a Bike Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life.
  • Check Your Equipment. Before riding, make sure there is enough air in your tires, check that the brakes work and that your bike is adjusted to fit you correctly.
  • See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, inclement weather or at night, make yourself visible. Wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors when riding to make yourself visible to others. Also, wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape and/or flashing lights.
  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Look for hazards that may make you crash, such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles and dogs.
  • Use Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication. This includes eye contact with drivers, turn signals, pointing to road hazards for bicyclists behind you and stating “passing on your left,” or “on your left.”
  • Avoid Riding at Night. It’s harder for other road users to see bicyclists at dawn, dusk or at night. Use reflectors on the front and rear of the bike. White lights and red rear reflectors or lights are required by law in all states.

 

May 12, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District

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