Bike safety: Understanding the rules of the road

Riding a bike is a great way to stay fit, have fun with friends and enjoy the outdoors. While bike riding can be good for our health, it’s also important to do everything we can to stay safe while riding.

Bikers typically share a trail with other bikers or walkers. Sometimes riding on a trail can mean rough terrain. When we ride on the road, we likely have to share the space with cars. No matter where we bike, these safety tips are important to remember:

  • Follow the law: It’s important to know the rules of the road such as riding on the right and in a straight line, and always signaling your stops and turns.
  • Be aware: Pay attention to your surroundings, as well as to yourself and your equipment.
  • Be visible: Make sure all bikes in your family have reflectors. Ride during day light and wear bright clothing.
  • Save Your Brain: Always wear a helmet…no matter what your age!

Cycling has lots of great benefits and is fun! Taking these simple but very important steps will help you teach your kids to bike in the safest way possible. Check out our “Drive your Bike! Keys to safe and healthy cycling”  lesson to review the four keys to staying safe on your bike.

Read more about teaching your child to ride a bike, visit Healthy Set Go blog article, “Learning to ride a bike – a challenge for kids and parents”.