Ride Your Bike Safely

The Basics
Always wear a bike helmet and ride in the same direction as cars.

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Make sure your bike has reflectors on the front, back, and tires.

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The Basics

Riding bikes is a great way to get active. Riding a bike can help you:

Riding bikes is also a great way to spend time with your family and get active together. If you have kids, teach them to bike safely from the start.

Follow these safety tips every time you ride.

A bike crash could send you to the emergency room. But the good news is that many bike injuries can be prevented.

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Follow these tips to make safe biking a habit.

Ride a bike that’s the right size for you.

Riders of any age should be able to put one leg on each side of the top bar (tube) of their bike with both feet flat on the ground. Otherwise, the bike isn’t safe to ride.

Check the brakes.

Make sure the brakes are working before you ride.

If you are choosing a bike for a child, choose one that brakes when the rider pedals backwards. Young children’s hands aren’t big enough or strong enough to use hand brakes.

Always wear a bike helmet that fits correctly.

Get in the “helmet habit” – wear a helmet every time and everywhere you ride a bike. A bike helmet lowers your risk of a head or brain injury if you crash.

Make sure your helmet is certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Look for a sticker on the inside that says “CPSC.” This means it’s been tested for safety.

A bike helmet only protects you if you wear it the right way. Every time you put your helmet on, make sure that:

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Kids grow quickly, so check regularly to make sure their helmets still fit.

Replace your helmet if you crash.

Even if your helmet doesn’t look cracked or damaged, the material inside the helmet may be crushed after an impact. This means that the helmet can’t protect your brain and head from another crash.

Make sure people can see you easily.

Drivers can have a hard time seeing bike riders, even during the day. Follow these tips to help drivers see you:

Try to plan ahead so your bike rides are over before it gets dark. If you are going to ride at night:

Follow the rules of the road.

Learn the hand signals if you don't know them.

Left turn hand signal Right turn hand signal Stop hand signal

Use your left hand to make these signals for left turn, right turn, and stop.

Stay alert.

Paying attention to the things around you can help you stay safe.

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