When Bicycling

When Riding Bicycle:

  • Wear helmet that fits and is adjusted properly when riding your bike to school.
    • Proper fit for a helmet:
      • It must stay on your head and not slide around.
      • It should fit snug and feel good.
      • It should cover most of your head, including your forehead
      • It shouldn’t pull off when buckled.
      • The chin strap should be snug but comfortable.
      • You should be able to fit 1or 2 fingers between the strap and your chin.
    • You should always:
      • Buckle the chin strap.
      • Adjust the side buckle straps to ensure a proper fit.
      • Use a helmet with a label from CPSC.
      • Buy a helmet that looks cool and has bright colors.
      • Replace your helmet after a crash.
      • Wear a helmet.
  • Ride your bike like a vehicle (even if you’re cycling on the sidewalk).
    • Cyclists must follow the same traffic laws as car drivers.
      • At intersections and driveways, always stop and look left, right, and left again.
      • Drivers may not see you; always make eye contact with drivers.
      • Always ride your bike on the right side of a two-way road.
      • Never ride your bike against the flow of traffic.
      • Tell other drivers what you plan to do: always signal your turns.
      • Ride predictably; don’t weave in and out of traffic and parked cars.
      • Always yield to pedestrians.
      • Don’t be invisible at night; use lights and reflectors on your bike, helmet and clothing.
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