Bicycle Safer Journey

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ROSA: Riding your bike is a lot of fun! NATE: Yeah! ALEX: Wait! Whoa! ALEX: (continues) I don’t think it’s all that fun. NARRATOR: It can be. It can be a lot of fun. ROSA: That’s what I said. NATE: Me, too. NARRATOR: And you’re right. But it’s important to ride safely. And
there are things you can do to help keep yourself safe. ALEX: Like what? NARRATOR: Well, you start by making sure you have the right bicycle. ALEX: What’s wrong with this one? NARRATOR: It’s too big for you. That’s why you’re having trouble riding it. NARRATOR:(continues) When you sit on the bike, like that, you should be able to touch the ground with both feet. If you can’t… ALEX: I almost can. NARRATOR: Almost doesn’t count. If you can’t touch the ground, you need a smaller bike. ALEX: Okay. That is better. ROSA: What else? NARRATOR: Well… what you wear is important. NATE: You mean we have to wear special bike clothes? NARRATOR: No, but you want something bright. NARRATOR: (continues) It makes it easier for the drivers to see you. And being seen as a big part of being safe. It’s also why reflectors like these are
important. ROSA: And they look cool. NARRATOR: But probably the most important thing you should wear is a helmet. NATE: Why? NARRATOR: Because it protects your head if you crash. NATE: But I won’t crash, I’m a good rider. NARRATOR: Even a good rider might crash. What if a dog ran out in front of you
all of a sudden? NATE: Oh, yeah. I didn’t think of that. NARRATOR:(continues) Wear it this way. Not this way. Or this way. Or this way. This way. It should fit snug on your head and sit low on your forehead, like this, so you can see the edge of the helmet
when you look up. And it should always be buckled. NATE: Okay. ALEX: Can I get on the bike now? NARRATOR: If you remember to do one more thing. ALEX: What? NARRATOR: If there’s something wrong with your bike- Like maybe the tires don’t have enough
air or the brakes don’t work very well – be sure to tell an adult. And tell them
before you ride it, okay? ALEX: Okay. NARRATOR: Good! Now let’s talk about the rules for safe riding. ALEX: Oh, man. Are there a lot? NARRATOR: No, just a few. But they’re important. The first one is ride with an adult like your parent for example – or with an
older brother or sister. ROSA: I do that! With my sister. She’s in high school. She helps me decide where we should ride. NARRATOR: And where’s that? ROSA: We like to ride in the park, where there aren’t many cars. NATE: We ride on roads where there’s not much traffic. NARRATOR: Good! Those are both good ideas. And do you ride on the right side of the
road or the left? ROSA: On the right! NATE: In the same direction the cars are going. NARRATOR: Yes! And here’s an easy way to remember that: Ride right. ROSA: Ride Right! Okay, what else? NARRATOR: Road signs and traffic signals. You have to do what they say. So if you see a stop sign or a red signal… ROSA: You have to stop. NARRATOR: Yes. And a green signal… ALEX: Means you can go. NARRATOR: It does. But you still need to use your eyes and
your ears. Look and listen to what’s around you. NARRATOR: (continues) Just because you see other people doesn’t mean they see you, even if you have on a bright shirt. Sometimes people get distracted and
forget to look for each other. NARRATOR: (continues) And don’t be weaving back and forth like that because then the drivers won’t know what you’re doing. ALEX: And we might get hit? NARRATOR: Yes. If you’re riding on a trail or a sidewalk, you need to watch out for the people
walking there, and move out of their way. And if you need to pass someone, let them
know before you do it. ROSA: All right. NARRATOR: Now… this might be the most important one of all. NARRATOR: (continues) When you’re crossing a street, or a path, or a driveway, or an alley, or anyplace a car could pull out, you should
stop and look left then right then left again. Make sure there isn’t a car coming before
you go on. NATE: So anyplace a car could be coming… NARRATOR: Any place. ROSA: We stop, and we look left, right and left again. NARRATOR: Yes. And if no cars are coming, then you can go. ALEX: But what if there are lots of
cars coming? NARRATOR: If there’s a lot of traffic or you’re not comfortable riding across the street for any reason, you could both get off your bikes and walk
them to the other side in a crosswalk. ROSA: Sometimes my sister and I do that. ALEX: Can we ride our bikes now? NARRATOR: Almost. First tell me one important thing you just learned. ROSA: Always ride with an adult. Or an older brother or sister. NARRATOR: Yes. And what else? NATE: Wear your helmet! NARRATOR: Excellent! One more. ALEX: When you come to an intersection or a driveway or anything like that, you should stop and look left, right and left again to make sure no
cars are coming. NARRATOR: Yes! Very good! ALEX: Are we done? NARRATOR: We’re done. Have a good ride!


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