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June 2nd, 2016
Being free from school for the summer often draws children outside to play and be active. One of the most popular outdoor activities is bike riding. More than 70% of all children between the ages of 5 and 15 years old are said to ride bicycles. Biking is a great form of fun and exercise for all ages; however, the importance of stressing bike safety has never been more important, since bicycle fatalities have risen rather than declined for the first time since 1970. And unfortunately, Louisiana has the second most bicycle deaths per capita in the United States.
The best way to stay safe as a cyclist is to take all necessary safety precautions, including having the correct bike size, wearing a helmet, and observing street safety. Cyclists must have a bike that is the right size for them because an oversized bike is difficult to control and can lead to injury. Furthermore, children may not be able to put their feet flat on the ground when they are stopped if the bike is not the correct size.
Most importantly, wear a helmet that fits. Studies have shown that wearing a proper helmet can reduce head injuries by 85 percent. Knowing street safety techniques such as riding with the traffic, understanding hand signals, and staying visible to vehicles are also extremely important when riding on the road.
We recommend these ten tips to teach your family to stay safe while having fun riding your bike:
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