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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 proceedin