May 13, 2022

Great Bend Pilot Club brings awareness to bicycle safety

Posted May 13, 2022 8:00 PM

It is said, you never forget how to ride a bike, knowing how to ride safely and understanding road awareness make the ride much more enjoyable. That is why being safe is important and learning bicycle safety tips and rules of the road, from properly fitting your helmet to driving defensively and predictably are the best ways to keep yourself safe while riding a bike. 

Approximately 40% of all bicycle-related deaths are due to head injuries; ¾ of all bicycle-related head injuries occur among children ages 14 and under; and many children are simply unable to protect their heads while bike riding because they don’t have access to quality, affordable safety helmets.

Bike safety month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try. Pilot International’s safety helmet project expands this effort by making quality safety helmets, in a variety of colors and sizes, available to Pilot Clubs across the U.S. In addition, Pilot International will offer a Helmet Matching Grant to its clubs, to facilitate the placement of free helmets with as many young people as possible.

Whether you are a beginner (with training wheels,) a regular biking commuter, a day-tripper, or an athlete, cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment.

Tips for cyclists

  1. Pilot International and The Great Bend Pilot Club are known as the “Helmet People”. We encourage all ages when riding a bike to always ride with a helmet. Making sure it fits properly.
  2. Always check your equipment before riding. Inspect your bike, the gears, the brakes, the tires, the seat, the handlebars, etc.
  3. Never ride a bike that’s too big or too small for you. It makes it harder to control.
  4. Be predictable and ride in the same direction as traffic, in a straight line.
  5. Use hand signals before turning or changing lanes, and never do this suddenly – give drivers enough time to realize what you are doing.
  6. Look twice before turning or before crossing the street, even if you have the right of way.
  7. Obey traffic signals, signs, and lane markings.
  8. Wear bright colors, and use reflective materials and lights on your bike in the evenings and at night to ensure that drivers can see you.
  9. Don’t carry items in your hand (like a phone or water bottle). It should be in a backpack or strapped to the bike.
  10. Double knot your shoelaces and tuck in loose pant legs.
  11. Plan your route carefully – know where you’re going and consider choosing a route with less traffic.