Oregon is the perfect place to enjoy a bike ride, scooter, or time at the local
skate park. However, don't let a tragedy ruin your outing. Almost 200,000 children
visit an emergency room every year because of an injury while biking. Ensure your
safety by following the tips below.
Wear a Properly Fitted Helmet
Most deaths are due to a head injury. A head injury
is a brain injury. That is why helmets are so
important! A helmet reduces your chances of a head
injury by 88%. Keep in mind that there are
different styles of helmets for biking,
skateboarding, or skiing.
Step-by-step instructions on how to fit a helmet.
Watch a one-minute video from Safe Kids USA on
Properly Sized and Safe Bicycle
Riding a safe bike that is the correct size can also help keep you safe.
- When on your bicycle, stand straddling the top bar so that both feet are flat on
- There should be 1-3 inches of space between you and the top bar.
- Make sure your seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly
- Check and oil your chain regularly
- Check your brakes to be sure they work well and are not sticking
- Check your tires to ensure they have enough air and the proper tire pressure.
Be Seen, Be Safe
Wear bright clothes and put reflectors on your bike so motorists have a better chance of seeing you. Also, follow the rules of the road by biking on the right side of the street and using hand signals when turning.