Each year, more
than 1,200 people die and thousands more are seriously injured in bicycle,
roller blade and skateboard accidents. The most serious accidents involve
The most common injury
the street from a driveway, sidewalk or curb without looking or yielding.
left turn or swerving to avoid something.
Follow these safety
tips for a safer and more enjoyable cycling experience:
helmet and protective clothing, no matter how slowly you are riding. A
fall at any speed can cause a severe head injury.
look both ways for cars before entering the street from a driveway,
parking lot or sidewalk.
the traffic flow —ride on the right-hand side of the street.
single file and never carry any passengers on bicycles built for one.
traffic laws, signs and signals. Bicycles are not toys; they are
when approaching intersections. Walk your bike across busy intersections
and streets. Don't assume drivers will give you the right-of-way.
at night is necessary, equip your bike with a headlight and reflectors.
Also wear reflective tape or clothing.
watch for potential hazards like loose gravel, potholes, wet leaves or
other things that may cause you to crash.
bicycle under control. No stunts!
and pedestrians the right-of-way and always pass them on the left.
your bike is a safe bike and the right size for you. Make sure both feet
can touch the ground while sitting on the bicycle seat.
your brakes, tires and chain before you ride. Make sure they are in good