Many people enjoy planning and taking bike rides. If you are getting ready to enjoy the beautiful weather, we recommend that you review our Bicycle Safety checklist for yourself and your children.
Statistics point out that nearly all bicycle-related deaths involved head trauma and that for 66% of all bicyclists killed, it was because of the bicyclists' behavior. Here are the tips:
Inspect your bicycle before going for a ride:
- Check your handlebars, bicycle seats and brakes
- Check your tire pressure
- Check your first-aid pouch for fresh supplies
- Check your reflectors and light
Inspect your bicycle helmet and be sure to wear it. Be sure it meets with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation. Stickers with these labels will be inside helmets that have passed their testing standards.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic. Use the bike lane, if one is available. Bicycles are not permitted on sidewalks. You can cause injury to pedestrians.
- Obey all traffic laws and signals. Use hand signals for turning and all stops. Also watch for road hazards, cars in driveways, and use extra caution in poor or wet weather.
- Children should not ride bicycles at night
- Register your bicycle with the City and keep the serial/model number on file.
- Always lock your bicycle using a U-lock, securing both wheels and the frame to a stationary object.
- Engrave your driver's license number (or your parents) on the frame for identification.
- Wear safe, comfortable clothes.
- Be considerate to all and give your bicycle regular check-ups.
For more information, call the Wayne Police Department at (402) 375-2626