Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

  • Approx. 800 people are killed each year while riding bikes
  • Children are twice as likely as adults to be hit by a car while riding a bike

Before riding

  • Put your name and phone number on your helmet — so someone can call your home if you are seriously injured
  • Stretch the muscles in your legs, back, upper torso and arms
  • Wear gloves – for comfort while riding and to protect your hands if you fall
  • Test your brakes – so you’ll know how quickly you can stop and how much pressure you can apply without flying over the handlebars

If you’ll be mountain biking:

  • Be familiar with the terrain you’ll be riding over — to reduce risk of crashing


  • Pump
  • Spare inner tube
  • Tools, e.g., for changing tire
  • Lock and key


If you’re going to fall

  • Avoid putting all of your weight on either of your hands
  • Try to roll your body to reduce the impact


  • Stretch


Thanks for reading!