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Bicycle Safety Tips

IMAGE Biking is a great way to exercise, and explore the trails or a long country road. It is also an easy way to get around town or commute to work. No matter what your reason is, make sure you know how to stay safe while you're on two wheels.
Common bicycle-related accidents are due to:
Most of these accidents can be avoided with proper bike selection, use, and care. Consider the following safety tips when shopping for a new bike or taking care of an old one.

Selecting the Bicycle

There are several factors to consider when you buy a bicycle. If you haven't bought one before, consider going to a professional bicycle shop to get sound advice, look over the selection, and see what is available for accessories. Here are some other tips:

Using the Bicycle

Knowing how to use a bicycle is just as important as picking one out. Follow this advice before jumping on your bicycle:

Maintaining the Bicycle

Regular maintenance is essential for safe riding. Refer to the owner's manual for the manufacturer's recommendations. Have an experienced repair technician do complicated work. This is especially important if your bicycle has been sitting idle for several weeks.

RESOURCES

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center http://www.bicyclinginfo.org

League of American Bicyclists http://www.bikeleague.org

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canada's Safety Council http://www.safety-council.org/

Recreational Safety Government of Canada http://www.safecanada.ca

References

Head injuries and bicycle safety. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ToolsTemplates/EntertainmentEd/Tips/HeadInjuries.html. Updated March 18, 2013. Accessed January 15, 2014.

Kids and bicycle safety. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Available at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/kidsandbikesafetyweb/index.htm. Accessed January 15, 2014.

State Bike Laws. The League of American Bicyclists. Available at: http://www.bikeleague.org/content/state-bike-laws-0. Accessed January 15, 2014.

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