By: Juliane Kristine Morris
Like anything else, things change, and bike safety has changed a bit too.
Leave surprises for birthdays, not bike rides. When you bike ride in a predictable way, then walkers, car drivers and other bike riders have fewer accidents. Unfortunately, collisions with others happen when a rider may suddenly and unexpectedly sway or stop the bike. Hand signals can share bike riding intentions, and parents who model such hand signals and predictable riding help their children learn bike safety, the importance of predictability and of being seen by others. Ride with the direction of traffic, obey all traffic signals and use a bell or loud voice to communicate bike riding intentions with others as needed.