Bicycle Safety

Whether you are a novice bike rider or have been riding for decades, a bicycle is a great way to get around and to stay fit. But every year, thousands of people are seriously injured on bikes. From broken bones to brain injuries, many of the injuries can be avoided if you practice safety first.

Safety Tips for a Safe Ride

  • Use a bike that is the right size and is in good working order
  • Wear clothing that does not have loose fabric, drawstrings or laces that can get caught in the chain
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing and make sure your bike has reflectors so you can be seen at all times. Avoid riding at night or where you can’t easily be seen or avoided by others
  • Know and follow the Rules of the Road. Although each state has their own set of rules, the underlying message is the same.
  • Never ride distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Remember, you have the same rights and responsibilities as an automobile driver
  • Watch for road obstacles, including cracked pavement, wet grass, gravel, potholes, etc.
  • Be alert and always practice safety habits. 


Deaconess serves as the local chapter for ThinkFirst National injury Prevention Foundation. ThinkFirst is an award-winning, evidence-based program aimed at helping people learn to reduce their risks for injury. Their mission is to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through education, research and advocacy.