Injury Prevention

Bikes

Riding a bike can be a lot of fun! But just like your parents who have to be careful and obey the rules when they’re driving a car, there are rules you need to follow when you ride your bike on the road. It’s easy to fall off a bike and get hurt, especially if you don’t know the rules of the road or your bike isn’t working right.

  • Always wear a helmet that fits your head – not too big or too small.
  • Wear the helmet flat on your head.
  • Before you ride your bike, make sure it is safe and working right. Ask an adult to check your bike for safety, especially if your bike has been in a crash.
  • Test your brakes.
  • Make sure the handlebars are straight and there’s enough air in the tires.
  • If you fall off your bike, tell an adult right away. You might not know that you’re hurt.
  • Be sure to follow the Rules of the Road:
    • Make sure you know and obey all traffic laws.
    • Always ride on the right side of the road.
    • Use proper hand signals to let others know that you are turning.
    • Look both ways before crossing the street with your bicycle. Walk, don’t ride, your bike across the street.
    • Never ride in between parked or moving cars.
    • When riding through a curve, ride in single file, slow down and stay to the side of the road.
    • Never ride out from a driveway or hillside.

View the Bike Safety Cartoon.

Last Update
May 23, 2008
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Last Update
May 23, 2008
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