Bicycle Safety

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Wear your Helmet!

RULES OF THE ROAD
Obey traffic regulations (same as for cars) – Yield to pedestrians and be polite – Don’t ride double if your bicycle is not equipped with a second seat – Keep to the right – Walk bicycle through busy intersections – Yield to cars – Beware of parked cars – Signal before you turn – Don’t wear headphones (you can’t hear cars, sirens or people) – Use lights on bicycles when riding at night (it’s the Law in Olathe).

SAFETY EQUIPMENT Helmet . . .
Approved by ANSI, Snell or other legally authorized organization – Should fit snug on your head – Should be white or brightly colored – Needs plenty of padding and ventilation – Wear it low on forehead.

Reflectors . . .
White on front of bike, red in back and white or yellow on sides – Law in Olathe says white light must be visible at night on front of bike and red reflector on back.

Bell or horn . . .
Rear-view mirror . . .
Carry Identification . . .

SPECIAL HAZARDS,br> Bad Weather – Bad Road Surfaces – Night Riding – Animals

PROTECT YOUR BICYCLE
Mark your bicycle for identification – Keep a photo and record of your bicycle – Use locks to secure your bicycle – Put your bicycle away inside locked storage.

EQUIPMENT CHECK
Frame free of cracks – Tight and property adjusted seat – Wheels don’t wobble – No bent or missing spokes – Hand grips in good shape – Nuts and bolts are tight – Brakes work, cables not worn – Chain is clean and lubricated – Tires have good air pressure (firm to the touch) and are not worn.

MOST BICYCLE ACCIDENTS HAPPEN BECAUSE . . .
People are not riding a bicycle that fits them properly – Do not buy a bicycle to grow in to (When sitting on the seat, your feet should touch the ground without bending the knees).

Of losing control – mechanical problems – ignoring traffic laws – overconfidence in a familiar area – other drivers – entering roadways when vision is blocked.