BACK TO SCHOOL!

SAFETY FIRST - THE BASICS

Many children are getting back on their bikes to cycle to school, which is great! Cycling is green, healthy and fun. It helps children be independent as well as keep them fit however it's vital to ensure that all children learn how to stay safe when riding a bike.

 Make sure your child's bike is roadworthy and has a bell and a reflector

 Make sure your child wears a cycle helmet that fits them properly and sits on their head in the correct position

 ALWAYS cycle in a position where you can be seen

 Look behind before you turn, overtake or stop

 Use arm signals before you turn right or left, make eye contact with other road users where possible

 Obey traffic lights and road signs

 When cycling at night, always use WHITE front lights and RED back lights on the bike and if possible, a red light on the back of a helmet

 On busy or narrow roads, do not cycle next to another person

 When overtaking parked cars, watch out for car doors opening suddenly

 Do not listen to music while cycling

HELPFUL INFORMATION AND WAYS TO STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD

- http://bikeability.org.uk/ - http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk/

- http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-you-can-do/children-and-families/cycling-kids/cycling-safety-children

- Find out if cycle training is available at your child's school - this is the best way to learn the skills and knowledge needed to stay safe on the road

- Call the National Cycle Training Helpline on 0844 736 8460/8461