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Knowing how to ride a bicycle can provide a lifetime of enjoyment, exercise, and transportation, but only if you know how to ride a bike in a way that helps to keep you alive and out of the hospital.
Each year 290,000 kids go to emergency departments because of bicycle injuries.
There are a few simple rules to follow when riding a bike:
- Check your tires and brakes — Before you ride, fill your tires with air and make sure that your brakes work.
- Wear a helmet — a brain can be permanently damaged in a bike crash and helmets are a proven way to protect you.
- One person per bike — don’t give rides, bicycles are intended for one rider.
- Kids should ride on sidewalks — If you can, stay away from cars. If you have to ride on the street, ride in the same direction as cars and follow the rules of the road.
- Visibility — If you ride at night, make sure that your bike has both a rear and front light.
BikeWalk CT: useful links to events and Traffic Skills 101 classes for bicyclists.
SafeKids Connecticut: useful information about bicycle safety.