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Bicycle Safety Please review these with your children! Common Causes of Bicycle General Safety: Theft Precautions – Accidents: • Always lock your bike when Bicycle rider using the wrong side Cross sewer gratings and railroad leaving it. of the road. tracks at an angle. • Use a strong chain and Auto driver making an unsafe turn. Stay in single file when riding with padlock or kryptonite lock. Bicyclist riding from driveway or others. • Secure the frame of the bike sidewalk into path of car. Cross busy intersections by walking to something solid (bike Auto driver opening door as bicycle your bike. rack). passes. Wear shoes – avoid getting toes • Keep a record of the license Bicycle rider weaving, leaving edge caught in moving parts. number, frame serial number of road or bike lane. Avoid long skirts and flare pants. and type and model of the Bicyclist making unsafe left turn. Clasp pant legs to legs with clips or bike. Bicycle without headlight or leg bands. • Park your bike where it can reflectors. Clip hair back to keep it from be easily seen. Bicyclist not stopping at stop light blocking vision. Avoid scarves or stop sign. which can fly in your vision. Maintenance Wear proper safety equipment at all • While riding, listen for sounds of times – bright clothing, approved rubbing, squeaks or rattles and What are the equipment bicycle helmet. requirements? investigate right away. ALWAYS ride in the same direction • Slipping or difficulty changing as the traffic. gears may mean the gear cable is Helmet: A person under 18 years of Whenever there is a bike lane, you too loose or too tight. age cannot operate a bicycle or ride must use it. • Use a tire gauge to check tires every as a passenger without a properly Keep at least one hand on the few days. Proper pressure is fitted and fastened bicycle helmet handlebars at all times. indicated on the tire sidewall or in that meets the standards of the Never hitch or give rides to the manual. American National Standards passengers when there is not a seat • Lightly oil and clean moving parts. Institute (ANSI) or the SNELL for them. Wipe off excess oil. standards for protective headgear. Use proper hand signals: • Tighten and/or adjust loose parts. • Handlebars Left turn: left arm straight out • Make sure handle grips are glued or Must be set so that your hands are pointing left. tightly secured to handlebars. no higher than your shoulders when Right turn: left arm pointed straight up or right arm straight out • If possible, store the bike indoors so you hold the regular steering grip pointing right. it does not rust. area. • Bicycle Size Stop: left arm pointed straight Must not be so big that operator down. cannot safely stop bicycle upright Headphones covering both ears may with at least one foot on the ground. not be worn while riding a bicycle. • Brakes Must be able to make one wheel Do I have to register my skid on clean, level, dry pavement. bicycle? • Light It is strongly recommended that you A white lamp, attached to the register your bicycle. Contact your bicycle or your body, visible from local bicycle shop for information. 300 feet to the front and from the Why? sides. • a license sticker in plain sight might • Reflectors discourage a would-be thief. a) Red rear reflector • If your bike is stolen, the chances of b) White or yellow reflectors on getting it back are much better. front and back of each pedal c) white or yellow reflectors on each side forward of center of bike and red or white on each side rear of center – usually on wheel spokes.
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