Bicycle safety is the practice of reducing ones risk associated with cycling. Bicycle safety can be practiced by wearing a helmet, staying visible by wearing light clothes or reflective gear and following the rules of the road.
Communities can have a large impact on bicycle safety as well by providing education opportunities on safety and access to safe places to ride. Here are some ways a community can help:
- Organize a bicycle safety night for families
- Organize a bicycle helmet program providing free or discounted helmets for kids and adults. Proper fit and use should be part of the program
- Create or clean up an existing bicycle path and promote bicycle safety through the event
- Implement bike lanes on roads for bicyclists to use
- Work with local law enforcement to encourage the enforcement of bicycle traffic laws
For additional information/resources:
Ride a Bike - Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's page that includes Bicycle Safety Laws, videos, routes and more.
Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver's Manual
10 Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety
Helmet Fit Test
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Bicycle Information
Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Safe Kids Pennsylvania - Bike and Wheeled Sports