Getting a bike is a milestone in any child’s life. With a bike comes independence to get around and to go further. When your child gets their first bike you will spend a lot of time teaching them how to ride their bike, but equally as important is teaching them about the road and how to keep themselves safe when cycling.
When your child is confidentially riding their bike take some time to teach them road safety skills:
Check your child's bike to see if it's roadworthy, look at:
Brakes (does the bike stop when the brakes are applied).
Tyres (check for punctures …).
Lights / reflectors (when riding at dusk or at night you must have a white front light and a red back light and rear reflector, and it's a good idea to fit spoke reflectors too).
If you are unsure about doing this yourself, your local cycle shop will be able to assist
Teach your child how to check their bike is safe to use.
Make sure the bike is the right size for your child.
Make sure your child has a helmet which fits and is worn correctly (it should not be pushed too far back on the head).
Helmets must be properly fastened so they don't come off in a collision.
Ensure your child wears high-visibility clothing when cycling.
Find out where local cycle paths and lanes are.
Let your child know which roads they are allowed to cycle on.
Teach your child what hazards they should be aware of.
Practice observation skills.
When out and about with your child look at cyclists and talk about how easy they are to see.
Find out if cycle training for your child is available in your area – visit www.bikeability.scot
Cyclists - What to do if you’re involved in a collision with a motor vehicle?
- Get off the road and deal with the incident in a safe place.
- Stay calm.
- Seek medical attention if required.
- If you are injured or you suspect that an offence has occurred, you should report the incident to the Police as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours (call 101 or attend at your local station).
- In case of serious injury or obstruction to the road that cannot be easily cleared, call 999 requesting police/ambulance attendance.
- The driver of a motor vehicle must stop and provide their name, address and the name and address of the vehicle owner, together with the vehicle registration number as required by Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
- If the driver does not stop, note the registration number of any vehicles involved and the details of any additional witnesses before contacting the police.
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