Bicycle Safety Tips

Riding a bicycle is something that every kid loves and looks forward to. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents happen frequently and many of the injuries that occur during those accidents are avoidable. Staying safe while you ride is important to ensure you get to continue riding without incident. Follow these steps to remain diligent and safe while riding your bicycle!

Finding the Right Bike

A bike that’s too large or too small is sure to cause an accident. A bicycle that is the right size should have 1to 3 inches between you and the top bar of the bike when you’re straddling the bike with both feet on the ground. 

Inspect the Bike 

Your bicycle should be cared for with close attention. Doing so will not only reduce the risk of injury, but also help your bike last longer! Check that the wheels and handlebars are tight, the chain is oiled, and your brakes are working well. You should also check the air in your tires before each ride. Tires that are overinflated may burst while riding, while low tires will make riding more challenging when it comes to turns and stops. 

Safety Gear 

Safety gear is a necessity when you’re riding a bicycle, not just an option. good safety gear starts with a well-fitting helmet. The chin strap should be snug and the helmet should cover your forehead. Putting reflective strips on your bike and wearing reflective clothing is the best way to ensure that you’re visible to others, especially those in cars. You should always bike in close toed shoes and well-fitting clothes to avoid getting caught up in the wheels or chain. 

Finding a Safe Place to Ride 

Riding on a bike trail or sidewalk is ideal. Riding on the side of the road is dangerous and should only be used as a last resort, and always with adult supervision. Find a place that is a popular biking spot with smooth pavement and good visibility of your surroundings. If you’re riding on the sidewalk, keep an eye out for swerving cars that may come in front of your bike. 

Injury Treatment in Lyndhurst & Rutherford, NJ

Sometimes even the best safety precautions aren’t enough and accidents still happen. If you or your child suffers from scrapes, cuts, or other injuries while riding their bicycle, bring them to AFC Urgent Care Lyndhurst for quick, effective, and affordable care. We want to keep your family feeling well and get your child back on their bicycle as quickly as possible! Most major insurance carriers are accepted. For questions, please call 201-345-3839.