14 May Safety Tips for Cyclists – Aloha Mind Math
Cycling is one of the most popular activities most people take up at some point of time in their lives. Kids tend to start cycling early on and use it as a primary mode of transport around the neighborhood. Cycling is a great way to be independent, while having fun and staying healthy. However, it is important to remember that a bicycle is a vehicle that needs to be used safely while on the streets. Parents and kids must follow some basic safety tips while using a bicycle to avoid accidents and injuries:
- Check your bicycle before going for a ride. Ensure that your cycle is in good shape, tires are inflated properly and brakes are working fine
- Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Protect your head at all times while riding your bike
- Wear protective pads on your elbows and knees to reduce the severity of injury to your limbs in case of a fall from the bicycle
- Wear bright or light-colored clothing during the day and reflective or fluorescent clothing at night or in poor visibility conditions
- Be aware of the applicable traffic laws and cycling rule of the city, state or country you’re in
- Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
- Be on the lookout for obstacles such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash if you’re not paying attention
- Avoid riding at night as it is more dangerous than riding during the day as you are harder for others to see. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle
- Always keep your family and friends informed of the usual routes you take.
- Carry a cell phone and store emergency numbers on speed dial
- Be predictable while riding. Stick to the bicycle lane and ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars.
- Ensure you signal your moves to others so they are aware of the turns you are taking and lanes you are changing.
It is absolutely important to be cautious while riding a bicycle. Many bicycle-related crashes are associated with not wearing a helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic. It is important to adhere to safety measure before going for a ride.
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