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Bike Safety Lesson for Kids: Rules & Tips

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

A great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors is by taking a bike ride! In this lesson, learn how to ride safely by choosing a good place to ride, taking precautions, and being aware of surroundings.

Where to Ride?

One of the best ways to enjoy a beautiful day is to take a bike ride! To make sure your ride is enjoyable, it is important to follow some safety rules. This way you can avoid injuries and problems while you're riding.

Safety starts before you even hop on the bike. Choose your riding path carefully. In many areas, there are signs that show bike routes, or paths. These signs alert drivers and others to watch out for bike riders. If being around traffic is a little scary, ride on the sidewalk, or choose an area to ride where there is wide open space for you to explore.

Street signs can show riders and drivers where to ride bikes safely.
bike sign

Take Precautions

Now that you've chosen your path, make sure you take safety precautions. This means that you have done things to ensure that your ride will be free from injury. Check out your bike before riding and make sure that the tires are full of air. Look at the chains and brakes so you can fix any problems before riding.

Wearing brightly colored clothing is important when riding a bike, especially if you are riding when it starts to get dark. Make sure you have a light and reflectors. These are small parts of the bike that reflect light, and will make it easier for people driving cars to see you. Most importantly, wear a helmet! This way if you happen to take a spill, your head is protected.

Always wear a helmet and brightly colored clothing when riding a bike.
bike helmet

Avoid Dangers

One of the best ways to avoid problems when bike riding is to make smart decisions. Stay in familiar neighborhoods so that you know the area, and follow all traffic rules and lights. Riding with friends or family can be helpful. This way if there is trouble, you are not alone.

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