With children heading back to school, some might take their bicycles if they didn’t walk or ride the bus. It was important for them to understand bicycle safety rules. It was amazing how many riders forgot road safety. Below are some rules to follow.
Give the bike a once over. Make sure everything was in working order. Fix or replace worn tires, tighten the seat, handle bars and oil the gears. Make sure the kick stand works too. Depending on what fell off the bike determined how bad the injury was. I’ve known of people who hurt themselves when they hit a rut or stopped the bike and went over the handle bars when something came loose. My sister hurt herself on my mother’s bike overseas. She managed to go over the handle bars, scraping her face and knees.
Wear safety gear. This was important because these items protected the body. My former pastor learned the hard way when he had an accident while riding his bike a few years back. While he did hit his head, there weren’t any permanent injuries. Afterwards, he made sure to wear a helmet, knee pads and elbow guards. A lot of the Hotter n’ Hell Hundred riders made a choice. It should be made mandatory in this heat. If children were going to school, this was a rule. Along with the bike lock, a helmet, knee pads and elbow guards are stored in a locker during the day.
Learn the rules of the road. Obey all traffic signs. Move with traffic permanent citation or injury. One of the cereal boxes I got this month had some bycycle safety tips and showed how to use hand signals which alert motorists on the rider’s direction. In high school, my bus driver used hand signals. To me, this was neat. I thought this went the way of the traffic cop.
Wear reflective gear. Most of the time, children weren’t riding their bicycles at night. For those that deliver papers and riding their bikes, this was a must. Motorists can’t see bike riders without reflectors on their wheels or clothing. I used the reflective lights that went on bikes from the cereal boxes by attaching them to the spokes on my wheelchair. My brother and sister took care of that. Until that time, Dad was hyper to my being out after dark. Now, a flashlight is used.
Here’s a rule of thumb: If the child cannot obey safety rules, they weren’t ready for this step in bicycle riding.