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Bicycle Safety

Busy streets and intersections can be dangerous places for even the most experienced bike riders and pedestrians. Use caution and follow these tips when purchasing a bike, riding a bike and walking Chandler streets.Bicycle Safety

Purchasing a Bicycle

  • Buy a bike that is the right size, not one a child has to "grow into." Oversized bikes are especially dangerous.
  • A bicycle of the wrong size may cause the child to lose control and be injured.
  • Take the child with you when shopping for a bike so that he or she can try it out.

How to test any style bike for proper fit

  • When sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebar, the child must be able to place the balls of both feet on the ground.
  • When straddling the center bar, the child should be able to keep both feet flat on the ground with about a one inch clearance between the crotch and the bar.
  • When buying a bike with hand breaks for an older child, make sure that the child can comfortably grasp the breaks and apply sufficient pressure to stop the bike.

Riding Rules (Young/New Riders)

  • Do not push a child to ride a two-wheeled bike until he or she is ready, usually not before about age 5 or 6.
  • Consider the child's coordination and desire to learn to ride. Stick with pedal breaks until the child is older and more experienced.
  • Parent training and supervising is needed with new and young riders during daytime. If you have to ride at night, wear something that reflects light. Make sure that you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bike (lights are required).

Child Pedestrian Safety Precautions
Children should be taught to always follow these steps:

  • Always cross at an intersection or crosswalk when one is available. Before crossing a street, stop at the curb, edge of the road, or corner before proceeding. Look left, right, and left again, and if it's clear, begin to cross, looking over your shoulder for oncoming vehicles. Continue to watch for traffic when crossing.
  • Walk facing traffic when there are no sidewalks so you can see what's coming.
  • If you must walk through parked traffic, stop and look carefully before stepping out from between vehicles. Don't run between parked cars and buses. Don't run across the street or through a parking lot.
  • Be especially careful when walking after dark. Placing retro-reflective stickers on shoes and bookbags, or slipping on a retro-reflective wrist band, is easy to do and it greatly increases your chances of being seen.
  • At intersections with traffic lights and pedestrian signals, it's important to follow the signal carefully. Wait until you see the WALK signal, following again the basic rules for crossing.
  • A flashing DON'T WALK signal indicates you should not start to cross the street. However, if you have already started crossing when it begins flashing, continue walking. The timing mechanism in the signal device allows you time to cross before it changes to a steady DON'T WALK signal.
  • If you see a steady DON'T WALK signal, don't begin to cross the street! Wait for the next WALK signal.
  • The WALK signal and the green traffic light indicate that it's your turn to cross the street, but they do not mean it is SAFE to cross. The WALK signal and the GREEN lig