19 Mar 2012
Summer is a great time to get out on the bike. Whether it's mountain biking, road riding, or just going to the shops, bike riding is a rush and is really good for you.
But biking is potentially very dangerous too. Here are some tips to make sure you are as safe as possible:
- Wear a helmet. It seems obvious, but some young people chose not to wear them because they can't afford a 'cool' one, or they just think it's not cool to wear a helmet. If you are unlucky enough to fall or get hit by a vehicle, wearing a helmet will greatly reduce the chances of permanent injury like brain damage.
- Wear bright clothing during the day and especially if you are riding at night.
- Don't wear headphones. You need all your senses when riding on the road.
- Ride defensively. This means you need to be observing the movement of vehicles on the road, so you will be able to react to others' mistakes.
- Try to ride on roads with bike lanes, or take trails that are off the road.
To learn more, read our topics Sporting injuries and Exercise.