Riding your bike and walking to school is more than great exercise, it’s an inexpensive way to commute and a wonderful family activity. By following a few simple guidelines, cycling and walking can be fun and safe for everyone.
The key to successful programs is providing sufficient education and encouragement programs and materials.
Walk ‘n Rollers_Safety Guidelines_Brief A one page PDF to print and distribute.
Helmet Safety: Wearing a helmet is important, but wearing it PROPERLY is essential. Follow these easy steps to make sure your helmet fits correctly:
Before you use your feet
To cross the street
Be sure to stop and look and listen
And then repeat
- Know and obey all traffic laws.
- Remember that pedestrians have the right of way. Use a bell or horn to alert pedestrians.
- Check that your bike is ready to ride. Keep your tires inflated, seat adjusted and make sure brakes and gears are operating correctly. Perform an ABC Quickcheck before every ride: A= Air Pressure (tires and wheels too); B= Brakes (levers, cables and pads); C= Chain and Drive train (cranks and gears too); Quick = quick releases; Check = Check your bike before riding.
- Be prepared: Know your route and let someone know where you will be riding and when you expect to arrive and return.
- Carry a water bottle.
- Use maps – printed and online.
- Carry a bike lock and remember to lock your bike.
- Carry a basic emergency kit with you: spare innertube and/or patch kit, bike pump, multi-tool and spare change.
Know the Law
It is important to know and understand current traffic laws both in the state of California and within the local jurisdictions in which you will be riding. For instance, some cities do not allow cyclists on the sidewalk, others do. When riding on the street, a cyclist must obey the same traffic laws as other vehicles.
- Riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet
- Bicycles must be equipped with operational brakes
- Bikes must ride on the right side of the road, with the flow of traffic – do NOT ride against traffic
- Do not wear headphones or headsets when riding
- Do not use a cellphone while riding
- Do not carry packages that prohibit you from keeping at least one hand on the handlebars
- Use hand signals when turning
For more information, including maps, commuter tips a summary of state laws, visit the California Bicycle Coalition.