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Biking to School

Safe Biking Tips

Safe Biking Tips

For riders under 18, wearing a helmet is not only smart, it’s the law.

Helmet Safety: Wearing a helmet is important, but wearing it PROPERLY is essential. Follow these easy steps to make sure your helmet fits correctly:

Helmet Fitting (page 1) (page 2)

Purple Monster on a bikeWear a bike helmet EVERY TIME YOU RIDE. A head injury can mean brain injury. A helmet will provide some protection for your face, head, and brain in case you fall down. Your helmet should have a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

  • Your helmet should fit you properly. Use the “Eyes, Ears, Mouth” test: If your helmet is on properly: Look up – you should be able to see your helmet with your EYES without tilting your head; the straps should encircle your EARS comfortably; if the strap is adjusted properly, you should be able to open your MOUTH wide and feel the helmet snug against your head.
  • Your helmet should be worn level and cover your forehead. It is not a hat, so don’t tip it backward. Make sure the straps are adjusted so they’re snug enough that you can’t pull or twist the helmet around on your head. Make sure they are fastened.
  • Never wear a hat under your helmet
  • Your bike should have a proper set of reflectors: Front, back, pedals  and wheels. Add lights if you’re riding at night.
  • Be visible – Avoid blind spots of cars. Pay extra attention at intersections and driveways.
  • Be Predictable – Ride on the street with the flow of traffic. Do NOT ride against traffic.
  • Use proper hand signals when turning or changing lanes
  • Children under 10 should ride on the sidewalk. Riders under the age of 10 lack the maturity to make the decisions necessary for safe riding on streets.
  • Carry basic emergency tools with you. BAsics include, pump, spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, multi tool, spare change and extra i.d.

Have fun! Personalize your helmet with some of your favorite stickers. Reflective stickers are a great choice because they look cool and make you more visible to people driving cars.