Health Tip: Bicycle Safety for Children

Teach your kids rules of the road

(HealthDay News) -- Before your child uses that new bicycle, the most important things to equip him or her with is a properly-fitted helmet and a basic knowledge of bicycle safety.

Here are suggestions, courtesy of the International Bicycle Fund:

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet.
  • Never bike in the road or on a busy street. Stay on the sidewalk.
  • Stop and look for cars at any intersection before crossing.
  • Although biking on the sidewalk, always ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow all road signs.
  • Try to keep both hands on the bike handles at all times.
  • Don't ride at night, and wear bright clothing -- even during daylight.
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