Safe Cycling

Posted in Baby, Baby Care, New Mum, Toddler

Family holidays can be great fun, especially when you can get out and about and see a bit more of the destination you’re staying in.

 

Sometimes one of the best ways to get around is by bicycle.

 

However, you need to make sure that you follow safety rules to ensure a safe trip.  Here are some tips to help you enjoy your time on your bike:

 

  1. Check the bikes condition. If the bike is not your own and you are hiring one you will need to make sure it’s in good condition.  Check the tyres, wheels, brakes and chain.  Make sure all the bolts are tightened too.
  2. Make sure the tyres have enough air in them and that the chain has oil on it.
  3. Set the seat height and handle bars so that they are at a comfortable level for you.
  4. Always wear a helmet. Your child must wear a helmet too even if they are just a passenger on your bike.
  5. It may also be beneficial to wear gloves, knee and elbow protectors too.
  6. Ensure the bike has lights on it in case you end up riding in the dark.
  7. Always wear bright reflective clothing so that you are easily seen by other road users.
  8. Although some bikes may be fitted with a rear view mirror the best way to see behind you before you make a manoeuvre is to look behind you. You may need to practise this a bit to make sure you don’t lose your balance when turning around.
  9. Always use hand signals to let other road users know when you are turning.  Give other road users enough notice before you turn.
  10. Do not listen to music whilst you’re riding your bike. If you have headphones in your ears you can’t hear vehicle approaching from behind you.  You also won’t be able to hear your child if they are riding with you.

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