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Riding bikes is not only fun but also a great way for children to exercise. Bike safety is very important. 6 percent of fatal injuries and 6 percent of non-fatal injuries occur during the journey to or from school. The most common types of injuries are bruises and scrapes, followed by bone fractures involving upper extremities (36%) and lower limbs (25%), and head and neck (15%).
The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury – including the risk of permanent brain damage – and death from bicycling is a helmet. All of us – not just children – should wear a bike helmet when cycling, regardless of age or skill level.
Always use the correct hand signal and look behind you before changing lanes:
Left turn: hold your left arm straight out from your side and ride forward slowly
Stop: bend your elbow, pointing your arm downward in an upside down “L” shape and
come to a stop
Right turn: hold your right arm straight out from your side and ride forward slowly.
Be sure to always check: