Cycling, in-line skating, and riding a skateboard or scooter are great ways for you and your family to be active, get around, and stay fit. Using
smart risk strategies can help you lower the risk of injuries when you’re doing these activities.
A bicycle is classified as a vehicle that belongs on the road. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles. You must obey the same rules of the road when riding your bike on the street as you do when driving a car. When you are riding on places like bike paths or trails, remember that you’re sharing the space with others.
Look first Be prepared for the unexpected, and stay alert for hazards, for example:
Wear the gear 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
Make sure everyone in the family wears a helmet that meets approved helmet safety standards. Follow these important helmet tips:
Make sure your child always wears a helmet when biking. People who choose their own helmets are more likely to wear them, so let your child choose their own helmet.
Bike Helmet YES Test to make sure a helmet fits properly.
Do an ABC Quick Check
A = Air: Make sure the tires are firm.
B = Brakes, Bar, and Bell: Check that your brake levers work and the handlebars are the right height, and test your bell.
C = Chain: It should be tight and well lubed.
You must be seen and heard. Reflective tape, reflectors, and lights make it easier to see you at night. Reflectors should be on the front, back, and spokes of the bike. Bright clothing catches people's attention in the daytime. Since bicycles are quiet, you should have a bell or horn on your bike.
Get trained Knowing how to ride a bike safely is not common sense. Follow these 4 basic rules that all cyclists need to know:
Look for an organization or club that offers training in safe cycling for the road or other terrains such as the mountains. This type of training is offered at most bike shops and recreation centres. See what your community has to offer.
Riding with children Children can often ride a bicycle before they understand how to be safe. Children are not ready to cycle alone until they understand road safety rules, know how to signal, and know how to avoid major risks. When riding bikes, young children should always:
Around age 10 is when most children have both the physical and thinking skills they need to ride a bike on the road.
>Parachute can help you decide when your child is ready to ride their bike safely on their own.
Ride sober Stay safe by paying attention when you are cycling. Don’t use alcohol or drugs when riding your bike. Avoid distractions like using cell phones or listening to music.
Skateboards, in-line skating, and scooters are great ways to keep your child active. It’s important to:
Safe environments Check the play area at the start of each activity to make sure it’s safe. Supervise actively—stay where you can see and reach your child, and pay close attention to what your child is doing.
Safe equipment Children who don’t wear protective equipment are more likely to be injured. Use the right gear for each activity.
Helmets can reduce the risk of head injury. There are 2 kinds of helmets you might use:
It’s also important to always wear other protective equipment. Falls will happen. Wearing protective equipment can help lower the risk of injuries, making a new activity more fun to learn and practice. Protective equipment includes wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads.
Current as of: May 22, 2020
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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