Cycling, skateboarding, in-line skating, and riding a scooter are great ways to get around and keep fit. You can use smart risk strategies - Look First. Wear the Gear. Get Trained. Buckle Up. Drive Sober - to prevent injuries so you can keep doing what you love to do.
Always pay attention to the risks around you when riding your bike. Shoulder check each time you turn or move out to pass. Look for garbage, grates, or holes in the road that could make you swerve or crash. Wet or cold weather could affect the path, or your ability to ride.
Before each ride check your bike to make sure it is in proper working order. Do the ABC Quick Check:
Protect your head. Bike helmets protect riders of all ages. It is the law in Alberta that anyone younger than 18 years must wear a helmet.
Important helmet tips:
You must be seen and heard. Reflective tape, reflectors, and lights make it easier to see you at night. Bright clothing catches people's attention in the daytime. Since bicycles are quiet, you should have a bell or horn on your bike.
Knowing how to ride a bike safely is not common sense. There are three basic rules of the road that all cyclists need to know and follow:
Look for an organization or club that offers training in safe cycling for the road or for other terrains such as the mountains. This type of training is offered at most bike shops, recreation centres, etc. See what your community has to offer.
Stay safe by paying attention when you are cycling. Don’t use alcohol or drugs when riding your bike. Be careful of distractions like using cell phones or listening to music.
In-line skating is great for your heart and helps develop balance and coordination. As in-line skating has increased, so have the injuries.
Skateboarding is popular with 10 to 17 year olds. You need good balance and control for this activity, yet many young skateboarders don’t have the balance or strength needed to react quickly to dangerous situations. Broken arms are the most common injury to skateboards. Concussions are also common.
As with cycling, take smart risks while in-line skating and skateboarding - like look first, wear the gear, and get trained - to reduce the chance of an injury, and keep the fun in wheeled recreation.
Protect your head by wearing a
helmet that is right for the activity:
Wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads are also important protective equipment for small wheeled recreation.
Take lessons to learn how to skate, stop, and fall safely when in-line skating or skateboarding. Call your local sporting goods retailer or recreation department to see if they offer lessons.
Current as of: February 7, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
This material is for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction, or treatment. If you have questions, talk with your doctor or appropriate healthcare provider. This information may be printed and distributed without permission for non-profit, education purposes. The content on this page may not be changed without consent of the author. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.