Bicycle Safety

According to The American Red Cross of Central Florida:

  • Many bicycle injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet. Always wear a correctly-fitting helmet when riding. Even children using tricycles or bikes with training wheels should wear helmets. Adults should also wear helmets at all times, including when riding with children. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has more information on how to fit a helmet.
  • Be sure that helmets meet standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Snell Memorial Foundation or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Look for a label or a sticker on the box or inside the helmet indicating that it meets the above standards.
  • Wear closed shoes when riding a bike.
  • Make sure your bike and your child’s bike have good brakes, a front light and effective reflecting material.
  • Ride only in safe areas and at safe times.
  • Make sure bikes are the correct size for the rider.
  • Learn about bicycle etiquette, laws, and safe riding practices and teach your children about them.

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