Bicycle Safety: bicycle equipment

Purchase a bicycle that fits your size. Stand over the top of the bicycle. There should be 1-2 inches between you and the bar.A properly working bicycle is key to your safety. Use the ABC Quick Check before riding:

A............ Air - Are the tires fully inflated? B............ Brakes - Do the brakes work? C............ Chain - Is the chain oiled? Quick....... Is the lever that holds the wheels in place securely closed? Check.......Make a quick slow ride around to make sure everything is working properly.

Be visible at night! Don't assume drivers can see you at night (especially if you are wearing dark clothes.) A front white headlight and a rear reflector are required when riding at night. A red light on the rear is strongly recommended (Vehicle Code 21201(d)). Joggers, bicyclists, and even pedestrians, should wear light clothes and reflective tape for extra visibility The Downey Police Department will be offering bicycle safety tips over the next six weeks. Information courtesy of the California Office of Traffic Safety.

********** Published: Feb. 20, 2014 - Volume 12 - Issue 45