Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycle Safety Information

FACTS: Based on National Statistics

  • Every six hours a bicyclist is fatally injured.
  • 49% of all bicyclist deaths occur to children age 16 or younger.
  • Each year, nearly one million children are treated for bicycle-related injuries in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms or in  other medical settings.
  • One in seven children suffers head injuries in bicycle-related accidents.
  • Head injuries cause three out of four serious injuries and deaths that occur in bicycle accidents.
  • Two-thirds of all bicycle accidents are not with an automobile.

Bike Signals

Safety Tips:

  • Make sure that you use the proper hand signals when turning or stopping.
  • Always obey all traffic laws.
  • Ride on the right-hand side of the road with the flow of traffic.
  • Stop at all red lights and stop signs.
  • Signal before making turns.
  • Use a headlight and reflectorized safety equipment when riding at night.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding.
  • Wear bright clothing with reflective strips particularly at night.
  • Be sure your bike is in proper operating condition before each ride.
  • Ride with traffic, never against it.
  • Watch for turning vehicles and vehicles exiting driveways.
  • Watch out for opening doors on parked cars
  • Ride on bike trails and streets with bike lanes whenever possible.
  • Never ride double or carry packages that obstruct your view or interfere with your control of the bike.
  • Teach your children the rules of the road for their protection. Responsible bicyclists are involved in fewer accidents.

* Pedestrians have the right of way, do not ride your bike on sidewalks.