Basic Kids Safety Rules for Bike Riding

Introduction

Here are a bunch of basic safety rules that one should learn to follow when learning to cycle. The world is uncertain and, the best security against it is to prepare beforehand. Practicing safety rules from a young age will reduce the chances of mishaps and won’t be a pain in the butt as one grows up.

 

Section Stamps-

Safety Rules Before Cycling

Safety Rules During Cycling

Basic Safety Symbols

Avoid while Cycling

Braking & Parking

 

What are the Safety Rules Before Cycling?

    • Wear a light-colored well-fitted helmet that abides by the international laws- EN1078 in European Union, AS/NZ2063 in Australia/New Zealand, or ASTM F1447 in the USA.
    • Wear light-colored well-fitted clothes. If possible, wear any reflective or florescent accessory during the night or in poor light.
    • Wear protective gear like gloves and pads.
    • Select the bike size carefully and make sure it’s up to a proper height.
    • Have a warning bell and reflectors installed on your bike.
    • Check the functioning of the brakes along with their lubrication.
    • Make sure the thread pattern is clean on the tires. Recheck if the air is filled to a comfortable level.
    • Oil your bicycle parts occasionally.
    • Check the chain for any rust or damage. Make sure it grips the gears properly.
    • Carry objects in a backpack or a handlebar basket.
    • Make use of Cycle Tracks as much as possible.
    • Check the local law to make sure riding on the sidewalk is allowed or not.
    • Check the weather and pack appropriate accessories beforehand.
    • Carry a cellphone and an ID when going for a long ride.
    • Pack your essentials like a water bottle, snacks, and some cash.

What Safety Rules should one follow During Cycling?

    • Obey the traffic rules, signals, signs, and road markings.
    • Try to make use of a white lamp during the night or when the light is poor.
    • Use the cycle track if nearby.
    • Always keep at least one hand on the handlebar.
    • If you’re under the age of 10- use the sidewalk and always be under the supervision of an adult.
    • Look out for damaged roads and/or obstructions.
    • If on a narrow lane, make sure to stop occasionally to make way for the traffic to pass.
    • Always cross using a pedestrian crossing by getting off the bike and pushing the cycle.
    • Maintain a safe distance from both moving and parked vehicles.
    • Use the bell or yell, “Excuse Me” or “Passing on your Left” while on a busy street.
    • Ride carefully on loose gravel, ice, sand, puddles, and other road hazards.

What are the Basic Safety Symbols one should know?

    1. No Cyclists No Pedestrians – The sign indicates that any bicycle, tricycle, pedestrian, and pedestrian-controlled vehicles are forbidden from moving past the sign.
    2. No Cyclists – As it says, no cycles are allowed to pass this sign.
    3. Give Way – This sign says that vehicles on the minor road must give way to the traffic on the major road.
    4. Stop – This is the most common signboard one can come across. It means to stop and allow other vehicles to pass through before going through.
    5. Cycles Only – This means that the path is intended for bicycles only.
    6. Footway and Cycleway- This sign indicates a side-to-side cycleway and a footway.
    7. Turn Left/Right – This sign indicates that the vehicle must travel in the shown direction.
    8. Keep Left/Right – This means that the rider must ride in the indicated direction along with some temporary obstruction.
    9. Parking Place for Pedal Cycles – A marking for the place reserved for bicycles only.

What should you NOT do while Cycling?

    • One bicycle should be accompanied by only one rider.
    • Avoid carrying any object that may obstruct the view of the road.
    • Avoid riding in a tunnel, control area, or expressway.
    • Never tow a vehicle/cycle or hold onto another vehicle/cycle while riding.
    • Don’t ride the bicycle on a footpath.
    • Do not ride the bike on the opposite side of the lane.
    • Avoid wearing any audio devices or using any mobile phones while cycling.

Some tips for Braking & Parking Bicycles

    • Learn to use the front and the rear brakes properly.
    • Use the rear brakes first and then apply the front brakes.
    • Initiate the brakes smoothly and gradually.
    • Avoid using front brakes on a downhill.
    • Make sure to slow down before making a turn.
    • Only brake when the front wheel is straight.
    • Park your bike at the spot allocated for the bicycles.
    • Use proper locks to avoid your bicycle from being stolen.

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