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Bike safety tips for the whole family
Celebrate Bike Safety Month with these tips to kick start your season and keep your whole family safe on two wheels.
Fri, May 23, 2014 at 08:50 AM
It's a beautiful weekend to bust out the bikes
and go for a ride - either on your own or with the whole family. But before you do, why not take a little time to brush up on your bicycle safety info
Tip #1 is make sure that everyone in your family has a properly fitted bike helmet
. Once that's done, take a look at everyone's bikes to see if any adjustments need to be made. You may be surprised at how much your kids have grown since last season until they hop on the bike and suddenly they are pedaling with their knees in their armpits!
While you're looking those bicycles
over, it's also a good time to inflate the tires, check the brakes, lubes chains, and make sure those bikes are in good working order
Last but not least, make sure everyone on the ride is dressed to see and be seen. Throw fashion out the window
and opt for bright, neon colors that help drivers see you. For early morning or late afternoon/evening rides, always wear something that reflects light such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. And wear sunglasses or clear bike glasses so that you are not squinting in the wind and sun.
Now that you've got all of that covered, take a look at these bike safety tips from NYC Department of Planning
to brush up on things like hand signals, avoiding road hazards, and the safest ways to ride in traffic.
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