Seven tips to help keep you safe on your bike

Here’s a quick checklist to help keep your child safe when they’re riding their bike. 

Bike riding can be a lot of fun but accidents can sometimes happen. 

Did you know every year 300,000 kids are injured and 10,000 of those need to have a few days in hospital? 

Nobody wants that to happen, so here are a few tips to help keep you safe:

  1. Wear a helmet every time you ride. Your bike helmet should fit properly and not be too big or too small. Make sure to look after your helmet and not drop it as this may damage it and it then won’t protect your head properly. 
  2. Wear bright clothes to make it easier for other people to see you. 
  3. It’s safest to ride during the day, not at dawn or dusk but if you are riding at these times make sure your bike is fitted with working lights and reflectors so others can see you. 
  4. Check with your mum and dad about where you can ride. A bike path is usually safer but remember to share the path with other riders and walkers and to use your bell if you are overtaking them. 
  5. If you’re riding on the footpath check for cars going in and out of driveways. Also look out for pedestrians and give them plenty of space when you’re passing them, it is also a good idea to ring your bell to let them know that you are behind them and are about to overtake them.
  6. Make sure mum and dad check your bike is safe before you get on it and that it is serviced regularly. 
  7. Don’t forget the water if you’re going on a long ride, but most importantly enjoy your ride and be safe!
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