PRACTICE BICYCLE SAFETY– Riding a bike is a fun way to get around, exercise, explore, and spend time with friends and family, but there are risks around biking. If you ride your bike, follow these safe riding tips from American Medical Response:

Safe Riding Tips

Always Wear a Helmet. Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet to protect your head – every time you ride. The helmet should sit level on your head, and low on your forehead. Remember the two fingers (above the eyebrows) rule and adjust the pads inside so the helmet doesn’t move. The helmet should fit snugly and must be buckled EVERY time you ride.

Inspect Your Bike. Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.

Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.

Check Your Equipment. Before riding, check your tires and inflate them. Also double check that your brakes work.

See and Be Seen. You NEED to be seen by others. Always wear neon, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you. Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road

Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride in the same direction as vehicles. Go with the traffic flow – NOT against it.

Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.

Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (doors opening, or cars pulling out).

Stay Alert. Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways. Enter a street at a corner and not between parked cars. Alert pedestrians that you are near by saying, “Excuse me please,” or, “Passing on your left,” or use a bell or horn.

MAY is National Bike Month! Here are easy ways to raise the profile of Bike Safety during National Bike Month:

#1 Use your FACEBOOK and TWITTER page to share and inspire bike these safety tips throughout the month.

#2 FACEBOOK and TWEET a #SDBikeSafeSelfie before or after you reach your destination. Remember taking a selfie while riding a bike is NEVER a good idea. But a selfie that raises awareness of bike safety in our community can inspire others to bike safely!

#3 May 7 is Safe Routes to School & National Bike to School Day. Did you arrive safely on your bike by following the rules of the road? Tell your story after you arrive and Tweet a #SDBikeSafeSelfie after you arrive and share the message: You’re committed to biking safe.

#4 May 16 is Bike to Work Day. Did you arrive safely on your bike? Inspire others to bike safely by Tweeting a #SDBikeSafeSelfie after you arrive to work. Tweet and pass on the bike safety message.