EBike Safety - LESOOS


It's a beautiful day-what could be more perfect than riding a bicycle? But wait! Before you pull the EBike out of the garage, let us first understand how to stay safe on both wheels.

Why is bicycle safety so important?
Bicycle Safety
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Cycling is fun, but accidents happen from time to time. The safest way to use a bicycle is to find a place, not to play. Every year, due to bicycle injuries, many children need to see a doctor or go to the emergency room.

Why do children wear bicycle helmets?
Bicycle Helmets
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Wearing a suitable helmet every time you ride a bicycle will help protect your face, head and brain in the event of a fall. This is why it is so important to wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle.

Bicycle helmets are so important that the US government has established safety rules for them. Your helmet should have a label indicating that it complies with the rules set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If your helmet does not have a CPSC sticker, please ask your mom or dad to buy one for you.

Wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride, even for short rides. And follow the following rules:

  • Make sure your bicycle helmet fits you.
  • Always wear the helmet in the right way to protect you: make sure the helmet covers your forehead and don't let it tilt back. Always fasten the straps.
  • Do not wear a hat under the helmet.
  • Take care of your helmet and don't throw it around. If it is damaged, it will not protect you when you need it.
  • If you fall and bump your head while riding a bicycle, get a new helmet.
  • Put a reflective sticker on your helmet so that the driver can see you better.
What is the right bicycle for me?
Right Bicycle
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Riding a EBike of the right size will help ensure your safety.

Check the size:

  • When riding a bicycle, stand on the top pole of the bicycle with your feet flat on the ground.
  • There should be 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 cm) of space between you and the top bar.

It is important to develop a safety checklist. Ask your mom or dad for help:

  • Make sure your seat, handlebars and wheels fit tightly.
  • Check and oil the chain regularly.
  • Check your brakes to make sure they are working well and are not stuck.
  • Check your tires to make sure they have enough air and proper tire pressure.
What should I wear while riding a bicycle?
Riding A Bicycle
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Wearing bright clothes and installing reflectors on your bicycle can also help you stay safe. It can help others on the road see you. If they see you, it means they are unlikely to meet you.

You also need to make sure that there is nothing in the bicycle chain, such as loose trouser legs, backpack straps, or shoe laces.

Wear suitable shoes—sports shoes when riding a bicycle. Sandals, flip-flops, high heels and cleats will not help you hold on to the pedals. Never ride barefoot!

Cycling gloves can help you hold the handlebars-make you look like a professional!

Don't wear headphones, because music distracts you from the surrounding noise, such as a car honk so you can get out of the way.

Where is it safe to ride a bicycle?
Where Bicycle
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You need to confirm with your parents:

  1. Where you can ride a EBike
  2. How far can you go
  3. Should you ride on the sidewalk or on the street. Children under 10 should ride on the sidewalk and avoid the street.
  4. Common things such as rocks, children or pets, large puddles

No matter where you ride, it is safest to ride during the day. So try to avoid cycling at dusk and later.

And always pay attention to cars and trucks. Even if you are only riding on the sidewalk, the car may drive into your EBike path from the lane. If you want to cross a busy road, please cross the road by bicycle.

What road rules should I know?
Road Rules
  • If you are allowed to ride on the street, please observe the following road rules:
  • Always place your hands on the handlebars and ride.
  • When leaving the driveway, alley or roadside, be sure to stop and check the traffic in both directions.
  • Cross at the crossroads. When you park between parked cars, the driver cannot see your arrival.
  • Use the crosswalk and follow the traffic signals to let your EBike pass through busy intersections.
  • Ride on the right side of the street so you can drive in the same direction like a car. Do not ride backwards.
  • Use bicycle lanes as much as possible.
  • Don't ride too close to parked cars. The door can open suddenly.
  • Stop at all stop signs and obey the traffic (red light) lights like a car.
  • Ride solo on the street with friends.
  • When passing other cyclists or pedestrians on the street, always pass on their left and shout "On your left!" So they know you are coming.
How do I signal to turn?
signal to turn

Hand signals are like turn signals and brake lights for cyclists. It can help cars and trucks understand what you are going to do next so they don't hit you. Don't change direction or lane without first looking behind you, and always use the correct signal.

Use the left arm to receive all signals:

  • Turn left: After checking behind you, straighten your arms to the left and drive forward slowly.
  • Stop: After checking behind you, bend your elbows, point your arms to the inverted "L" shape and stop.
  • Turn right: After checking behind you, bend your elbows, raise your arms into an "L" shape, and ride forward slowly. (Alternatively, straighten your right arm from the side.)

Now that you have learned these gestures, you will give a thumbs up to learn more about bicycle safety!

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