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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/
- 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