By: Megan Walkenhorst and Riley Buttrick
Introduction to Bicycle Safety
Biking is really fun but you need to know how to do it safely. So what is bicycle safety? Bicycle safety is knowing how to ride carefully and safely without getting hurt. Bicycle safety is very important because you could get seriously injured. Your brain could get damaged. So here are some things about bicycle safety.
Here are the facts and stats!
Who rides bikes?
- 24% of women vs. 76% of men ride bikes regularly
- 70% of American kids ride bikes regularly
How many kids are killed?
Approximately 140 kids are killed each year from biking accidents.
What do they die from?
Of all people killed, 75% are killed from brain injuries.
What gender has more accidents?
Men have 87% of accidents compared to 13% of women.
Do most people wear helmets while riding?
No. In 2010, 429 out of 616 people didn't wear helmets. Thats 70% of the all bike riders.
Ways to stay safe!
Ride with traffic
Ride with traffic in the same direction.
Get a headlight
If you ride at night, a headlight is absolutely essential. It's required by law in some states.
Wear a helmet
A helmet will protect your head if you are in an accident or fall.
Use reflective stickers
Stickers help you be seen by cars, even during the day.
Signal your turns
You're less likely to get hit when your movement doesn't take motorists by surprise. Let them know when you are going to turn by signalling with your arm.
In conclusion, it is very important to apply all the safety rules when riding a bike. Once you learn them, it will be very easy to use them whenever you go for a ride. It just takes a minute to make yourself safe before you start your bike ride. Now go out there and have fun!