As the weather turns warm, many of us start thinking about getting on our bikes and going for a leisurely ride. There are few things more enjoyable than a bike ride on a nice day. But bike-riding does pose some risks. The CDC has reported that 700 people are killed each year as a result of bike related incidents, and as many as 500,000 people are injured each year. This is just too many. Here are some basic tips to help riders stay safe.
- Wear a helmet!!! This is obvious, but proper fit is important. Don’t just assume the helmet is adequate because it is on your child’s head. Follow this link at kidshealth.org to find out how to make sure a helmet fits correctly.
- Stay Alert. Don’t assume that motorists are looking out for you. Here are 10 tips on How Not to Get Hit By Cars from bicyclesafe.com. Please take a minute to review these 10 important and possible life-saving tips.
- Be Visible. Wear bright clothing and avoid riding at night. Be sure to obey all traffic laws. Here’s a link to a list of bicycle-related traffic laws at Georgiabikes.org.