Think safety before heading out on a bike ride

The Roudebush boys enjoyed a day of bike riding recently at the home of their grandparents, Denny and Pat Roudebush of Carrollton.
The boys (from left) include: Parker, 8, Cameron, 7, Cylus, 3, and Henry, 5. Henry and Cylus are the sons of Brad and Emily Roudebush of Carrollton and Parker and Cameron are the sons of Kyle and Tabby Roudebush, also of Carrollton.

CARROLLTON – Summertime is here and Safe Kids Carroll County wants to remind families to follow these tips when biking:

  • Children should ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it, staying as far to the right as possible.
  • Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Children should make eye contact with drivers to be sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
  • When kids are riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, make sure they use lights and make sure bikes have reflectors as well. It’s also smart for them to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve visibility to motorists.
  • Parents should actively supervise children until comfortable they are responsible to ride on their own.

“It’s important for bicyclists to wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash,” said Michelle Genetin, Safe Kids Carroll County coordinator. “But many children still do not wear them. We have a simple saying, ‘Use your head. Wear a helmet.”

Safe Kids Carroll County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members are individuals from various local and area organizations, including Carroll County General Health District, Carroll County Job and Family Services, Carrollton Village Exempted School District, Harcatus Head Start, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Carroll County Probate Court, Nationwide Insurance, Carroll County Chamber and many more.

Safe Kids Carroll County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.

Safe Kids Carroll County was founded in 2004 and is led by Carroll County General Health District.

For more information, visit safekids.org or their Facebook page.

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