Riding a bicycle, skateboarding, in-line skating, and riding a scooter are great ways to be active, get around, and stay fit.
Here are some important safety tips to lower the risk of injuries during these activities.
Here's what to do every time you ride your bicycle:
Protective gearBike helmets protect people of all ages. It's the law in Alberta that anyone younger than 18 years must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
Follow these important bike helmet tips:
Other gear includes:
Equipment checkA bicycle should be the right size for the person riding it. Adjust the seat to fit your height. Make sure your bicycle is working properly, and do an ABC quick check before every ride:
TrainingLook for an organization or club that offers bicycle safety training for the road or other terrains such as the mountains. Most bike shops and recreation centres offer this training.
Riding with children Children can often ride a bicycle before they understand how to be safe. Children aren't ready to ride alone until they understand road safety rules, know how to signal, and know how to avoid major risks.
When riding bicycles, young children should always:
Around age 10 is when most children have the skills they need to ride on the road alone. But every child is different.
Skateboards, in-line skating, and scooters are great ways for everyone to be active. Here's what to do before you start these activities:
Protective gearHelmets can lower the risk of head injury. There are 2 kinds of helmets you could use:
Because falls will happen, it's also important to wear other protective gear like wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads. They lower the risk of injuries and make a new activity more fun to learn and practice.
Skating or riding a scooter with childrenIf you're with children, supervise actively. Stay where you can see, hear, and reach them, and pay close attention to what they're doing.
Lead by example to show children how to be safe. Teach them to safety rules and make sure they follow them.
Current as of: December 23, 2021
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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