Assembling a Bicycle Safety Kit

Bicycling is a healthy and fun sport.   More and more people are taking to the roadways with their bikes, and it is important that they adopt a few basic safety precautionary measures to minimize the chance of having an accident.

The Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially declared May as Bicycle Safety Month.

Many state and local groups join in the bike safety effort. The NHTSA reported there were 630 cyclist deaths in 2009. These deaths accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities. One of the ways that responsible bike riders can promote safety and prevent serious Atlanta bicycle accidents is to assemble a well-stocked bike safety kit.

Some of the items that a biker should include in a bicycle safety kit include the following:

  • A helmet. No matter your age, you should wear a helmet. One out of every three people admitted to the emergency room for a bike accident is there for head trauma, according to the Georgia Bicycle Law Enforcement Pocket Guide. In Georgia, you are required to wear a helmet if you are under 16 years of age, whether you are the driver or the passenger on a bike. Be wise and wear a helmet regardless of your age.
  • Water. Biking is strenuous exercise and it is easy to become dehydrated on a hot day. The best way to keep hydrated is to bring sufficient water along with you and drink it throughout the day.
  • Tools. Bicycles have parts that can easily break down and disrupt a ride or cause an accident. A puncture repair kit and pocket maintenance and mini-repair kit are necessities of the road. These tools are sold in kits that are small enough to fit into a pocket or a saddlebag. They include tools such as spoke wrenches and screwdrivers as well as chain tools. Before you set out on a ride, check your bike and use your tools to perform any maintenance tasks.
  • Reflectors. Bicycles must have a reflector on the front for use at night. A second reflector, while not required, should be placed on the rear for safety.

I hope the tips help keep bicyclist riders safe.  Go out and enjoy the beautiful Georgia weather this spring and go for a bicycle ride.

Originally Posted on May 6, 2011