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.
- 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.