On May 10th, 2017, students from all over the country will participate in the annual Bike to School Day. This day celebrates the many benefits of biking to school, which include increased physical activity, raising awareness for how walkable or bike friendly a community is, reducing traffic congestion, and several environmental advantages.
Here at the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, we commend those who will use this opportunity to bike to school for the first time as well as those who are already committed to cycling. Regardless of how much you ride on the road, it’s important to keep the following safety considerations in mind:
TOP TIPS FOR BICYCLE SAFETY
- Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective gear, with your helmet buckled, your shoelaces tied tight, and your pant leg on the chain side tucked in so it can’t get caught as you ride.
- Before hitting the road, check the condition of your bike. Ensure that your tires have enough air, your bicycle chain isn’t too loose, and that all brakes and gears work properly.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars except when signaling.
- Limit the number of street crossings, and avoid crossing busy or high-speed streets or intersections whenever possible.
- Refrain from listening to music or checking your phone while riding – your eyes and ears should be scanning your surroundings at all times.
- If you are riding in the street, ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic, and obey all traffic laws.
- Check your helmet to make sure it fits properly. If it moves when you shake your head, you need to tighten your helmet or get a smaller one.
- Stop before entering a road, crossing the street, or turning. Look left, right, left, and behind you for traffic, including pedestrians, bicycles, and cars.
For more bicycle safety information, click on the Learn More link below.