Cycle into safety this summer!

Cycle into Safety

Here at SwedishAmerican, our emergency room doctors see plenty of bicycle injuries. They are just some of the 300,000 kids who go to a hospital with bike injuries each year. That’s why we want to help you and your kids enjoy bicycling safely this summer with these five tips:

  1. Wear a bike helmet – every time, every distance. Be sure it fits properly and has a sticker saying it has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  2. Ride a bike that fits you. To check that you have the right size, stand with your feet flat on the ground while straddling the top bar. There should be one to three inches of space between the bar and you.
  3. Wear bright clothes and add reflector to your bike. That will help drivers see you. Try to park your bike before dusk, when it gets harder for drivers to spot bicyclists.
  4. Children under age 10 should stick to the sidewalk. For older cyclists who use the street, remember to follow traffic laws and walk your bike across intersections. Ride in the same direction as cars are driving.
  5. Be careful that nothing will get caught in your bike chain while you ride. That might mean backpack straps, shoelaces or pant legs. Wear tennis shoes while you ride – never sandals or cleats, and definitely don’t ride barefoot.