As summer ends, students will head back to school soon. Many children have enjoyed the lazy days of summer and now look to prepare for the routine school schedule. Part of the schedule may be riding a bike to and from school. Here are some important reminders for keeping children safe while riding bikes:
Ø Check that the bike is in good working condition and that it is the right size for the child. Maintenance of tires and brakes is important.
Ø Properly-fitted bike helmets are a must EACH and EVERY time a bike is used.
Ø Bright clothing or reflectors help bike riders to be seen during the day and at night. Sneakers/gym shoes are the right footwear for bike riding, not flip-flops, sandals, etc.
Ø Teach children the proper rules of the road once they are old enough to ride independently. This includes the flow of traffic (Ride Right), hand signals, and obeying street signs and signals. Teach them to look left, right, and then back left before entering intersections and to look out for parked cars that may be backing up or pulling out especially in driveways. Walking their bikes across busy streets is best.
Ø Remind children of the distractions that turn their attention away from safety such as texting or listening to music while riding a bike. Eyes and ears are needed to look and listen to what is around YOU!
Safe Kids https://www.safekids.org/bike
Why Walk or Bike to School http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/learn-more/why-walkbike/
Local Kansas City Youth Bike Education http://bikewalkkc.org/education/youth/