When it comes to bicycles, in-line skates, scooters, skateboards and other wheeled sports that use the road then both drivers and users need to be aware of the dangers. Many accidents occur, particularly to children, who are using the road whilst engaging in one of these activities. They create a particular hazard on the roads as they are especially vulnerable.
Things to Watch For
If you are a driver and entering an area that is being used by wheeled sports enthusiasts, then you need to increase your vigilance and awareness. Children, in particular, don’t pay attention to things around them and so may not notice that you are coming into the area in your vehicle. The other thing to note is that Children may not be experienced users of the wheeled device they are using. This means that they may not be able to get out of the way as quickly, and/or they are likely to fall, or lose control in front of your vehicle. You should make sure that you reduce your speed and have complete control over your vehicle.
If You Are on a Bike or Other Wheeled Equipment
If you the one that is going out on a bicycle, or using a skateboard, etc in an area that is also accessible to cars. Or if you are supervising children that are going out in this sort of area it is important to make sure that they are aware of the dangers. Make sure that everyone is wearing a helmet. This includes yourself. Statistically, it has been shown that wearing a helmet reduces the chance of serious injury by up to 85%. Since Bike helmets were introduced in 1999 then bike-related fatalities have been reduced by 54%.
If you are going to go out on a bicycle then it is important to make sure that your bike is in good working order. Check it regularly and make sure that it is in full working order. Make sure that the brakes in particular work well. Check that your tyres have grip and that they are inflated correctly. Make sure that the bike is adjusted correctly for the rider. This means that whilst straddling the bike the rider should be able to put their feet correctly on the floor. On the saddle, they should be able to reach the floor with tiptoes. If the rider is particularly young or new then they may require training wheels to be added to the bike.
Further Safety Tips
If riding a bike at night then you should ensure that you have working lights on the bike. Also, make sure that you have adequate reflective clothing or reflectors on your bike. Some states have specific requirements for riding at night so you should ensure that you check local laws. Young children should be advised to stick to riding on the sidewalk’s rather than the road, particularly if they are under 11 years old. Just remember in a contest between bike and vehicle, the vehicle always wins.