Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Safety Concerns--Riding a Bicycle

With the weather warming up more people are going to be taking their bicycles out of storage and heading for the streets. Time for some safety tips if you're going to be getting on those bikes, whether an adult or a child.

First, keep in mind this statement from the NHTSA: "But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle!"

Some good places to go to get the information that will keep you safe as you ride your bikes:

1. http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/kidsandbikesafetyweb/

2. A video from the NHTSA on adult bicycle safety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdrrxIpQpt4

3. This article includes tips on how to make sure a helmet fits right: http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/bike_safety.html#

4. This posting gives you the rules and regulations governing bike riding in NYC as well as safety tips: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/biketips.shtml

Here's hoping you all have fun as you ride your bikes, but that you keep the safety foremost in your minds, yours and others' as well.

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