After our bikes are purchased, the journey into cycling can be a fun one. But, it always helps to be smart about our children’s safety and ours. No one wants to see a bike accident; this is why we will give our guide to biking safety 101. By adhering to the following safety measures, we hope to ensure safe biking experiences for kids of all ages.
Be Aware of Weather Conditions ⛈️
When riding, you should always be aware of your surroundings and conditions to ensure a safe ride. Assure that you are in a well-lit area with good weather conditions before biking. We recommend avoiding bad weather conditions; a greater risk of injury occurs when the conditions are icy and wet due to more difficulty in vision and control. If it is impossible to avoid riding during bad weather, we recommend you take the following safety measurements. If you are riding in bad weather, you must check your brakes more frequently and ride at a slower and safer pace to avoid an accident.
Avoid Nighttime Riding
We recommend that you do not ride your bike at nighttime. The dark conditions will make it more challenging to see the road ahead of you when riding. Nighttime bike rides will also limit the ability of others around you to spot a rider. If it is impossible to avoid riding late at night, use bike lights and make sure reflectors are correctly placed, wear light colors, and know your route ahead of time. Following these measures will make you more visible and avoid the risk of safety issues from late-night riding.
Be Alert at All Times
You never know what may appear on your biking trail that could throw you off and put your safety at risk. Below we have provided a list of things to be aware of when biking:
- Pedestrians, cars, and animals could all affect the ability to bike efficiently. It is best to ride at a distance from others on your path to avoid close contact.
- Your senses should never be restricted, and you must ensure you can see and hear at all times. If something comes up along your ride, you can best respond if you have the full ability of your sight or hearing.
- It would be best if you are not on your phone when biking; this can cause your attention to be away from the road.
Avoiding distractions will allow your full attention to be on the road and help prevent accidents.
It is essential to your safety that you are wearing all the biking equipment correctly. First, you must wear your helmet to prevent any head injuries from occurring in the event of an accident. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that by wearing a helmet, the energy released from the impact of a fall gets absorbed by a helmet. The helmet must be worn correctly at all times during your ride. You should also ensure that your bike is sturdy and that all components get checked before cycling that day; if bike components become loose while riding, stop immediately and repair the bicycle.
Staying alert while riding your bike is crucial. While you may be super careful, others in your surroundings may not be. Others include cars, other cyclists, pedestrians walking, etc. Of course, try your hardest to avoid riding in bad weather, but if you need to, be careful. Here at CYCLE Kids, your safety is our number one priority. We would not want you to get hurt, and we hope that the tips above were a great help. Remember to ride safely and always be alert.