Biking is an awesome activity. Hitting the mountains, rocky terrains, the lovely neighborhood, to breathing the fresh air of the countryside, if you love to ride you’d know what I’m talking about and if you don’t know you’re always free to try.
But that’s not all biking is vital for your health. It helps you to develop a strong cardio system, core strength, strong legs, and high concentration. In fact, breaking the monotony of a dull environment is easy on a bike than a car 🙂
However, safe riding is the ultimate fun when it comes to biking. There are very many safety rules to follow in case you want to avoid any mishaps. Failure to do so can be fatal to you, your loved ones, and friends. Here are the ultimate safety tips.
Bike Safety Rules
These are general rules that apply to every biker irrespective of age, gender, profession, hobbies, or race. They’re crucial and will sum up any other best bike safety rules that you’d find anywhere.
Wear Protective Gears Always: Protective biking gears are necessary. They can easily protect you against any accidents. Never go out on a bike without having them. They include properly fitted helmet for your head, knee and elbow pads, hand gloves, safe riding shoes.
Do Bike Checkup Before Rides: You must ensure that your bike functions properly and that it is ready for the ride. Find the ride bike size for your use. Make sure the tires are correctly fitted, the pressure is ideal, the braking system works, and that there is enough clearance too.
Follow The Traffic Laws/ Rules: Like car drivers, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians, cyclists are also considered as road users. Because of this, they should observe all traffic rules. They must obey traffic lights/ all road signs, learn traffic signals, and yield to other road users.
Ensure You are Visible Always: the First assumption when biking is “no one sees you.” It is your responsibility to ensure that you are visible to other road users. So wear neon or fluorescent colors, install bicycle reflectors, choose retro-reflective vests, or use the wristbands.
Always Ride with Caution/ Care: Safety isn’t practical unless you keep it in mind. Here is what you can do to keep safety in hand. Ride in the bike lane, be considerate of other road users, keep enough distance from vehicles and curbs, ensure your accessories are secured and use bells.
Always Remain Alert and Focused: Certain things will hinder your concentration, a mere glimpse of the MP4 player might be the difference between a fatal crash and a safe ride home. Here is what to do, never wear headphones, watch out for obstacles, and be cautious on rail tracks.
Bike Safety Tips for Adults
Like we stated the section above summed up all the safety tips that we can find. However, the following are specifically meant for any cyclist who has achieved the age of being an adult. They include.
- Always protect your head with a helmet.
- Do a quick bicycle test on brakes and wheels before rides.
- Adjust your bike to the right heights before any ride.
- Learn how to use hand signals to communicate on the road.
- Do not overtake any vehicle on the wrong side of the traffic.
- Use a secured backpack to carry all your personal accessories.
- Watch out for potholes, drainage grates, or any fatal accidents.
- Keep a safe distance between you and other cars (at least 1 meter).
- Always keep at least one hand on the bicycle’s handlebars too.
- Understand all the local traffic laws before hitting the road.
Bike Safety Tips for Kids
Our children use bicycles every day. They will either be riding around the block, to school or with you. Being young their confidence is not yet fully developed. Thus they are the most vulnerable. Here are the best safety tips for them.
- Wear a properly fitted helmet, gloves, and knee and elbow pads.
- Adjust the bicycle to fit your height. Level the seat.
- Get white reflectors on the front and red on the rear of your bicycle
- Inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work before riding.
- Wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding at day or night.
- Don’t ride at night because you are harder for other road users to see.
- Use bells and horns to alert other pedestrians that you are closing in.
- Watch out for potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and stray dogs.
- Add things that reflect light (reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights).
- Adjusted seat height to allow a slight bend at the knee if the leg is fully extended.
Bike Safety Tips for Preschoolers
If you have preschoolers who use bicycles, there are some things they could do to remain safe. They include the following.
- Wear properly fitted helmets, gloves, elbow pads, and other safety gear.
- Always ride with a friend. Don’t travel alone. Have a riding partner of choice.
- Use a backpack to carry books and lunch. Ensure it is secured on your back.
- Keep a copy of your bike’s serial number and also your bike’s registration.
- Make sure your bike has a functional lock and lock it up if you’re parking.
- Wear reflective attire to remain visible always. Retro-reflective vests/ bands/ jackets.
- Ride properly. Don’t swerve between cars. Stay on your side of the road.
Bike Safety Tips for Parents
Parents can go bike riding for fun. They can ride with their kids too. Because of this, they should act as role models. Here are safety tips that they must watch for.
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk. Keep to the right place. Give cars a one-meter distance.
- Don’t drink while riding. Don’t pick up a phone. Don’t use headphones.
- Keep at least one hand on the handlebar. Signal when asking for the lane.
- Always check above the shoulder before changing lanes. Use horns/ bells to alert.
- Remain visible always even during the night and be predictable as much as you can.
- Never overtake any motorist on the wrong side (for my state don’t go to the right)
- Take a riding course and practice your riding skills. Get a helmet for yourself too.
Biking is fun. Everyone who loves to bike should, therefore, have fun. There are many things to learn including how to wear a helmet properly and hand signals while turning. Take a course and make your biking experience awesome.
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