Friday, 16 May 2014

Dust off your helmet — it's bike season!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to dust off your bike and helmet and hit the trails — Spring is officially here.

Yeah, I know, it’s technically been Spring for a month now. But as traditional with Alberta weather, the threat of snow has kept some bikes locked up in the garage.

Wait no more!

Exciting, right?

Okay, but in all the excitement, don’t forget some basic biking safety precautions.

1. Before you head out, check your tire pressure, brakes, gears, lights, horns and reflective devices to make sure everything works — or ask an adult to help you with all those details.
2. Check your helmet to make sure it still fits. Wear a helmet — with the straps done up and everything. It could save your life!
3. Know your hand signals, and use them.
4. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it.
5. If you’re heading out in the early morning, or coming home at dusk, wear bright clothing.
6. Map out your route and look for side streets or designated bike paths where possible.

May 16 is National Bike to Work Day, and although I’m heading to school — not work — I’ve mapped out a route my Dad and I. We’ll ride together until the half way mark and then he’ll go left and I’ll go right.

Let the season begin!

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

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