Bike riding is a fun and healthy activity a family can enjoy together. However, it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy, it is, by all rights and purposes, a vehicle and should be treated as such. Bicycling is easy on your joints and muscles, provides a great full-body workout, and gets your heart pumping, but follow these simple tips to avoid head bumps, broken bones, and bruises.

Make Sure Your Bike Is Safe

As an adult, it is your responsibility to check your bicycle to make sure everything is in proper working order, and to check out the bikes that belong to the younger members of your family. Make sure there are no loose parts on your bike, that the chain is firmly where it’s supposed to be, and that the brakes are working properly. If youride at night, be sure all lights and reflectors are visible to ward off getting hit by a car. It is not a bad idea to get your family’s bikes checked out by a professional about once per year to make sure everything is working as it should.

Being seen is crucial to bike safety, make sure you are easy to see

Even if you are cycling in the daytime, it is a good idea to wear reflective and bright clothing so that motorists can see you clearly. If you are riding at night (not recommended) it is crucial that you have a headlight on your bicycle so that cars can see you on the road. Many unfortunate accidents have befallen a cyclist because the operator of a car simply did not see them.

Dress in Protective Clothing

It really does not matter what it does to your hair or how much your children complain. Always be sure that you have a helmet on when riding your bike. Head injuries can be permanently debilitating or even fatal, so it is worth looking a little goofy to protect your fragile skull. Additionally, wear knee pads, elbow pads, and padded gloves so that your extremities are protected in the event of a fall. I bad weather, be certain to have the right clothing to keep you dry and warm.. Keepng your eyes proteced with eyewear is a good idea. Bugs don’t discriminate between a car’s windshield and your face.

Keep Mindful

Focus on what you are doing and keep alert all the time. If you are riding in a group, make sure there is an established order to who rides in front, and who rides in back, making sure the younger, less experienced cyclists are safely guarded by the more experienced cyclists. Follow proper traffic laws, or else you might get a ticket, but stay off busy roads at busy times, even if you know the rules inside and out. Use proper signaling when riding with traffic, and keep the earbuds out and your attention focused on what is going on around you. Your life could be dependent on this.

If you follow these simply guidelines, cycling can be a fun and exciting way to build muscle strength, endurance, promote good health, and provide a wonderful bonding time between members of your family. And don’t forget that keeping your bike safe from theft is also important, so think about applying asset label tags to your bike so it be identified with ease found if stolen.