|The following is an excerpt taken from the article, “Bike Safety.” For more information please visit www.kidshealth.org.|
You need to check with your mom and dad about where you’re allowed to ride your bike. You need to know how far you’re allowed to go and whether you should ride on the sidewalk or in the street. Kids younger than 10 years should ride on the sidewalk and avoid the street.
No matter where you ride, you need to keep an eye out for cars and trucks. Even if you’re just riding on sidewalk, a car may pull out of its driveway into the path of your bike. If you’re crossing a busy road, it’s best to walk your bike across the street.
A bike path free of cars is a great choice if there’s one in your area. Just remember to share the path with the other riders, walkers, and strollers who also might be using it! And if you’re going on a long ride, bring some water along with you.
Keep an eye on the road ahead so you can be prepared for big hills and road obstacles. Some common ones that can cause falls include:
- wet leaves
- big puddles
- changes in the road or sidewalk surface
- storm grates
- gravel or rocks
- little kids in your way!