Riding a bicycle is a major step towards independence and mobility. Riding a bike, like walking, is a skill that takes years to perfect, but can be done safely with on-going, age-appropriate education. Often bike skills start in a driveway learning to balance, and progress through skills like starting, stopping, straight line riding, shoulder checks, road rules, navigating intersections and neighborhood riding.
Everyone should practise and do the following to keep the trip to school safe:
- Always wear a bicycle helmet.
- Obey all traffic rules and signs--always give proper hand signals.
- Always ride with traffic, in single file.
- Be prepared for traffic and pedestrians at cross streets, driveways and parking spaces.
- If you must ride your bike at night, be sure your headlight and reflectors are in good condition.
Research tells us that effective bicycle education programs "tend to have several hours or more of classroom instruction in addition to several hours or more of on-bicycle training." Bicycle Safety Education for Children from a Developmental And Learning Perspective NHTSA, 2014