LINCOLN, R.I. - As the weather gets warmer, many adults and children will dust off their bicycles and start riding again. In honor of National Bicycle Safety Month, Amica Insurance is offering some tips to help promote safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 818 pedalcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2015. An additional estimated 45,000 pedalcyclists were injured in crashes in that same year.
That’s why it’s important to wear a helmet that fits properly and meets federal safety standards when riding a bike. The helmet should fit securely on top of the head, with the straps fastened under the chin. It should not be able to move.
Here are some other bike safety tips:
- Find a bike that is the correct size. Feet should reach the ground when sitting on the bike.
- Wear bright clothing with reflective material when riding.
- Attach a light and reflectors to the bike if you plan on riding at night.
- Check the brakes and gears on the bike to make sure they’re working, and keep the tires properly inflated.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic.