There are some definite benefits to bicycles – they are great exercise
and for children, they keep them off the devices and outside getting fresh
air. For parents, riding their bicycle was a big part of being a child
in the 70s, 80s and 90s, but nowadays, more kids are inside playing video
games and watching TV than ever before. So, many parents are elated when
they get their kids to ride around on their bicycle.
Bicycles are great, but we cannot ignore the statistics. They can also be very
dangerous, especially when a child darts out in the road without paying
attention, or when they’re struck by a distracted or drunk driver.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Bicyclists accounted for 2.2 percent of all traffic deaths
in 2016.” In total, 840 lives were lost due to bicycle accidents
in 2016, the NHTSA reports. As a parent, you don’t want your child
to become a statistic, so educating them on bike safety is the solution.
Teaching Children Bicycle Safety
Parents these days applaud their children’s desire to ride a bicycle
instead of laying around the house all day. Bicycles offer exercise and
they help children explore and do fun things with their friends. Since
children don’t think about safety as much as adults, it’s
important that parents educate them on how to ride safely, especially
when sharing the road with cars, trucks and SUVs.
Bicycle safety tips for kids:
- Ride a bike that’s the right size for your body. If the bike is too
big or too small, it will be harder for you to control.
- Always wear a helmet and wear it properly – don’t forget to
secure it under your chin with the latch – no faking it!
- Tuck in your shoelaces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in
- Avoid riding your bicycle in the dark.
- If you’re carrying something, put it in a backpack or secure it to you bike.
- Watch out for distracted drivers, especially people who are texting while
driving. They can hit you!
- Beware of elderly drivers who cannot see you in the road.
- When going somewhere, like a park, the theatre, a skate park, a friend’s
house, or a fast-food restaurant, plan to take the safest route. The route
with the least number of cars and trucks on the road.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Follow the rules of the road. If you don’t know them, ask your parents.
- Be alert and ride defensively at all times.
- No listening to music with headphones or earbuds and no texting while riding.
You do not want to be distracted. Taking your eyes or ears off the road
can result in a serious accident.
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