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Bicycle Safety/Cycling Safety

It’s a beautiful day! What could be more perfect than a bike ride?

Cycling is an excellent way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. It can be a fun activity to do by yourself, with friends or your family.

But before you pull your bike out of the garage, let’s find out how to stay safe on two wheels.

Safe cycling is important for all riders whether you are an adult who has never ridden a bike, a child just learning to ride, or an advanced cyclist.

Here are some tips to ensure a safe ride:

  • Check your bike before every ride; remember ABC
    • Air - are your tires inflated adequately?
    • Brakes - do they work, are they clean? 
    • Chain - is it clean, free of debris, and able to turn with no problems?
  • Make sure your bike is the right size for you.
  • Always wear a helmet. The helmet should cover the top of the forehead and rest about two fingers' width above the eyebrows. The side straps should fit snugly around your ears in a "V" shape. The buckles on the side strap should fit right under the ear. Buckle the chin strap. Tighten it until you can fit only one finger between the strap and your chin. Teach your child to check the helmet fit every time.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Know your road signs.
  • Know the riding laws in your municipality.
  • Take a safe cycling course such as CAN-BIKE 

If you belong to a community group and would like to offer a CAN BIKE course, contact CAN-BIKE 

For more information on safe cycling, check out this local website: Bike St. John’s
 
Do your part to make cycling enjoyable and safe for everyone!
 
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Updated Oct 5, 2015