It’s finally time to take the bikes out and get them prepared for the bicycle season. The OPP want parents to check over their children’s bikes to make sure that they are safe to ride and fit the size of your children too. Sizing the bike to the child should be the first check says the OPP. Other items include a safe well-fitting bike helmet for children under the age of 18 and a working bell or horn. Other safety items include:
The bicycle chain is tight
· Brakes are working properly
· Tires are inflated to recommended pressure
· The bicycle is equipped with a working horn or bell
· Pedals are secure and in good condition
· Reflectors or reflective tape are used on their helmet, clothes and bicycle to make them more visible. These are important to help drivers see your children at night
· Proper footwear, such as running shoes, should be worn at all times when riding their bicycle. Shoe laces should be tied. Flip-flops should be avoided.
· Bicycles must be equipped with both a headlight and taillight for night riding. Most motorists will notice blinking lights. These are generally more effective. Lights are important to see and to be seen
· Ensure their helmet fits snug and covers the head. Make sure that the edge of the helmet is positioned two fingers above the eyebrows to protect the forehead. The straps should meet in a V shape just below the ears, and one finger should fit between the chin and the chinstrap.