Activity of the Month
This month, we want you to be active with your family, and a great way to do that is by going on family bike rides. This is perfect for Fall! Not only is it a great opportunity to spend quality time with your family outside, but it’s great exercise. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe and have fun while riding your bikes.
Check your bike
First thing’s first, you should always check your bike before riding it to make sure it is safe and working properly. Have your parents help you by making sure the tires are full of air and the chain is greased and placed properly.
Wear a helmet
You should always wear a helmet when riding your bike. Make sure it fits just right, by not being too tight or too loose. The helmet straps should lay flat, forming a “Y” around each earlobe. Always fasten the chin strap, but make sure it’s not too uncomfortable.
Whether you’re riding on the sidewalk or the street, you should always ride on the right side in a single file line. This is safer for everyone and allows more room for both cars and people to pass.
Use hand signals
If you’re riding on the street, you should use hand signals to let cars know when and where you are turning. Signal a left turn by extending your left arm straight out to your side as you approach a turn. Signal a right turn by putting your left arm out to the side and bending it at the elbow so your hand points up, or by extending your right arm straight out to the side. Signal a stop by extending either arm out to your side and bending it at the elbow so your hand points down. Ask your parents for help practicing safety signals before you leave for your ride.