Here are some tips for safer bicycling this fall, courtesy of the National Safety Council:
- Always wear a helmet. Helmets can prevent some brain injuries and help make others less severe. Make the helmet a requirement of riding the bicycle for every member of the family. Make sure children’s helmets fit – allowing children to choose their own helmets, with guidance, is a great way to encourage kids to find one they like and will wear. Reflective tape on jackets and backpacks can make riders easier to see as well.
- Follow the rules of the road. Remind children that bicyclists use the roads and they follow all the same rules as cars – and teach them what those rules are. They include riding on the right, stopping at all stop signs and stop lights, and signaling before making a turn. Caution children not to ride on the sidewalk. It may look safer, but bicyclists are more likely to be injured on sidewalks than in the road – especially when going through a crosswalk, where cars aren’t looking for bicycles.
- Ride so that even if a car doesn’t see you, you won’t get hit. Pay very close attention to cars at intersections and in other places. Don’t let headphones or other items distract you.