Are you a bike riding family? Whether you ride occasionally or constantly, bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in America, behind running. It has numerous health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke among those who ride three hours per week. Regardless of how often you ride, ensure that you’re being safe when on and off your bike.
Being safe while biking
If you bike as a family it’s important that you model proper bike safety by wearing a bike helmet. I remember how much I hated my red and white Bell Helmet in middle school and looking forward to rounding the corner to take such an uncool thing off my head.
Today’s helmets are not only cooler than they ever have been thanks to innovative lightweight materials and incredible graphics that can appeal to every style, but now 98.2% of North American bike commuters own a helmet and 86.5% say they wear a helmet every time they ride. According to the Cleveland Clinic, wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury to bicyclists by as much as 85%.
Because it’s important to be mindful of traffic when biking, avoid biking with headphones. Listening to music prevents bikers from hearing honking horns and approaching traffic. Instead, tuck your phone away and use apps like Map my Ride to track how far you’ve ridden.
Keeping your bike safe
Are you among the 47.6% of people that have either had their bike stolen or know someone who has had their bike stolen? If not, you must either be among the extremely lucky 32.5% of people who report not locking bikes up or doing a great job remembering to lock up your bike when it isn’t being used.
The majority of riders use a cable lock (36.2%), 17.6% of people use a u-shaped lock, and 13.7% of people use a chain lock.
Recovering a stolen bike
If your bike is stolen, BikeShepard.org recommends that you file a police report, use their site to list your bike as stolen, and get alerts from sites like Craigslist and eBay for bikes matching the description of your stolen one. If your bike was insured, be sure to call your insurance company immediately.
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