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With spring having arrived, it’s time to make sure those bikes are out of winter storage! Biking offers a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to bond while enjoying the great outdoors. Living in the Midwest, we are not able to bike year-round quite like other areas. This means that bike safety can easily leave the mind of not just us but also our children! It’s our job to make sure that safety is always a top priority. 

With that in mind, here are some essential bike safety tips to keep in mind this spring:

Wear a Helmet

This cannot be stressed enough. Always! Helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injuries resulting from bike accidents. Ensure that each family member wears a properly fitting helmet every time they ride, regardless of their age or skill level. 

Parents, it’s up to you to set this example! It can be hard for kiddos to see others ride without a helmet on. They will push back even harder if they see you ride without one too. 

Let them pick out their own helmet! By choosing it themselves we often find the fight to not wear it goes down. We love all the different colors this one comes in

Check Your Equipment

Before hitting the road, inspect each bike to ensure it’s in good working condition. Check the brakes, tire pressure, and ensure that all parts are secure. A well-maintained bike reduces the risk of accidents caused by mechanical failures.

Teach Proper Riding Techniques

Make sure children understand the rules of the road and basic riding techniques. Teach them to ride in a straight line, use hand signals for turning, and be aware of their surroundings. Encourage them to keep both hands on the handlebars except when signaling.

Choose Safe Routes

Select bike paths or quiet streets with designated bike lanes whenever possible. Avoid busy roads with heavy traffic, especially for younger riders who may not have the skills or confidence to navigate them safely.

For older children who can bike by themselves, make sure to ride with them the first time to show them the allowed roads to ride on and not ride on. 

Stay Visible

Wear bright clothing and use reflective gear, especially if riding during dawn, dusk, or at night. Ensure that bikes are equipped with lights and reflectors to enhance visibility to motorists and other cyclists.

Get an inexpensive pack of safety reflectors to add to all the bikes your family rides here! Get your kids involved in adding all the stickers! Your kids will also love these bike wheel lights for added protection! 

Practice Safety Riding

Teach children to anticipate potential hazards and always be prepared to react accordingly. Remind them to watch for pedestrians, parked cars, and obstacles on the road. Remember to pay attention to ally’s and cars moving on a driveway! 

Each Spring use the first few bike rides to stop dramatically at the end of a block to remind them of its importance! 

Obey Traffic Laws

Cyclists must adhere to the same traffic laws as motorists. Teach children the importance of stopping at stop signs, yielding to pedestrians, and obeying traffic signals. Set a good example by following these rules yourself.

Be Weather-Aware

Spring weather can be unpredictable. Check the forecast before heading out and be prepared for changing conditions. Avoid riding in heavy rain, strong winds, or thunderstorms, as these conditions can increase the risk of accidents.

Stay Hydrated and Sun-Protected

Bring along plenty of water and encourage frequent hydration breaks, especially on warm days. Apply sunscreen to protect against sunburn, and wear sunglasses to shield eyes from harmful UV rays.

Get a bike water bottle holder and a bike bag to store things like sunscreen, chapstick, and their phone in.  

Supervise Younger Riders

Until children demonstrate proficiency and responsibility on the bike, it’s crucial for parents to supervise their rides closely. Offer guidance, encouragement, and constructive feedback to help them develop their skills.

Make sure to remember that your children not only need to be a good enough bike rider to be by themselves, but also wise enough to ride around the block by themselves. 

Emergency Preparedness

Go over the plan if your child, or a friend they are with, has an emergency on their bike. Make sure they know who to call! 

By following these bike safety tips, families can enjoy a fun and fulfilling cycling experience while minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries. Remember, safety should always come first, so take the time to educate yourselves and your children on proper bike etiquette and precautions. With the right knowledge and precautions in place, springtime bike rides can be a source of joy, adventure, and cherished family memories for years to come. Happy cycling!