This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.
I just had the amazing opportunity to take a three week bike ride from Washington, DC to Burlington, VT. The trip represents many hours on a bike spent thinking about things like biking etiquette. Often, I’m talking to adults about teaching children safe bike riding and connecting it to good manners. Safe practice is respectful and considerate and a good way to teach kids both manners and safety. I always give two pieces of advice. One – know what you can and should expect from your children at any age and expect it. Two – always be the kind of person you want your children to be. That’s the relevant advice for this article! If you want your children to be safe, mannerly bike riders, you must be a safe and mannerly bike rider yourself.
So… safe and mannerly bike riding means (taken from this handy brochure published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):
Seven Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety for Adults
- Protect Your Head. Wear a Helmet
- Assure Bicycle Readiness. Ensure Proper Size and Function of Bicycle.
- Ride Wisely. Learn and Follow the Rules of the Road.
- Be Predictable. Act Like a Driver of a Vehicle.
- Be Visible. See and Be Seen at All Times.
- “Drive” with Care. Share the Road.
- Stay Focused. Stay Alert.
For a Bicycle Safety Activity Kit, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Web site .