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Keeping Your Child Safe on the Road

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HELENA - Riding your bike to school can be great for exercise and a fun way to get where you're going. But there are a few road safety tips your child should know as they ride to school.


The first thing to do before riding your bike is making sure you will be visible to drivers while on the road.


Vice President of the Helena Bicycle Club Bill Schneider said, "I call it being bright, and one of the things that parents can do is make a very small investment in a bright vest like this that their kids can where. It's just a few dollars and it makes the kids very visible and greatly improves their chances of having a safe ride to school."

Schneider said another way for cyclists to practice being safe on the road is wearing a properly sized helmet.

"Children should wear a helmet at all time," Schneider said. "They have very nice helmets for kids now a days all kinds of cool colors., and they also want to make sure the helmet is a snug fit--all helmets have various adjustments."

Schneider said it's important for young cyclists to stop or slow down at every intersection whether there is a stop sign or not to make sure no vehicles are approaching. Especially at curbs where young cyclists could potentially breeze through crossing to the other side of the street.

"They should go from sidewalk to side walk without stopping because they are taking a great chance of being hit by a car," Schneider said.

When you decide to make a turn, Schneider said use your arms to make proper left and right hand signals.

"As you approach the turn aggressively signal right if you're going to turn right as far from the turn as possible...as you approach the turn, you'll have to break and put both hands back on the handle bars," Schneider said.



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