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The weather is warming up and Chicago area bicyclists are hitting the road.  With warmer weather, more people choose to ride their bike to work and children are riding their bikes to and from school.  In addition, people of all ages often ride bikes as a form of exercise and recreation.

Bicyclists are reminded to take note of bicycle safety tips.  You should make sure that your bike is in good condition for riding, and that all parts are secure and working properly.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers the following bicycle safety tips.

  • Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet.  A properly fitted can protect your brain from traumatic head injuries and potentially save your life.

  • Adjust Your Bicycle.   Parents should make sure that their child's bicycle is the right side.  Younger children should be able to put one foot on the ground while seated on the bike seat.   For older children and adults, there should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the bike bar if using a road bike, and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level and adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level as the seat.

  • Check All Bike Equipment.  Make sure that tires are inflated and breaks are working properly before riding your bike.

  • See and Be Seen. It is recommended that bicyclists wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors whether riding during the day or at night.   It is also recommended that bicyclists wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights.   It is important to remember that just because you, as a bicyclist, can see drivers, it doesn't mean that drivers can see you.

  • Maintain Control Over Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars.  Use a backpack or bike carrier to carry objects.

  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be mindful of road hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs.

  • Avoid Riding at Night If Necessary. It is much more dangerous to ride your bike at night than during the daytime because you are not as visible to motorists. If you must ride at night, make sure to wear something that will allow you to be easily seen by motorists like florescent clothing or reflective tape.  Make sure your bike has front and rear reflectors, as well as reflectors on your tires.  In fact, many states require that bikes have white lights on the front and red rear reflectors.

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