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Bicycle Safety

It is important to teach your children that a bicycle is a vehicle, not a toy. Riding a bike - especially around traffic - is an important responsibility.

Tips for safe bike riding:

  • Always wear a bike helmet.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Ride as far to the right as possible.
  • Learn and use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
  • Stop and look left, right, and left again before entering a street.
  • Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left at intersections.
  • Avoid riding after dark. If you must ride in the dark, wear clothes with reflective material, and use lights on your bike.
  • Practice good bike maintenance.
  • Bike riders should be restricted to sidewalks and paths until they reach the age of 10 and can demonstrate they know the rules of the road. Supervision is essential until children develop the necessary traffic skills and judgment.

(Resource: National Safe Kids Campaign website:

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The Child Death Review Program is funded by: Cuyahoga County, and The Child and Family Health Services Block Grant provided through the Ohio Department of Health. The Child Death Review Program is administered by: The Cuyahoga County Board of Health.