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Health Tip of the Month – March, 2018
Biking safety tips for safe kids
By Jessica Mitchell, TMC – Safe Kids Pima County Coordinator
For kids, springtime means climbing trees and zipping around on a bicycle. As they get ready to speed off around the neighborhood, make sure they’re safe with a few simple rules. A bike helmet is a great start, but avoiding being hit by a car is the first line of defense. Go over the following tips from Safe Kids with your children:
- Ride your bike on the right side of the road
Tell your children to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay to the right. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and stoplights. Acting like the rest of the traffic helps drivers predict their actions.
- Make eye contact with drivers
Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before they cross the street to make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop.
- Use bike lights even at dusk and dawn
When your children are riding at dusk or dawn, make sure they use lights – and make sure their bikes have reflectors as well. It’s also smart to have them wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve visibility to motorists.
- Maintain those bikes
Inspect bicycles, to ensure that reflectors are secure, the brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.
- Wear a bike helmet
Make sure your child has the right size helmet and that he wears it every time when riding. Don’t have a bike helmet? Not sure how to fit one? The Desert Kids Safety program has bike helmets for children – toddlers through teens (520) 324-5604.
Actively supervise children until you’re comfortable that they are responsible enough to ride on their own.