Safe Routes Scoop
Pop Quiz

Up to what age are children recommended to ride their bikes on the sidewalk?


A. 10
B. 14
C. Never

 

Answer: A. 10


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children under 10 years of age are not mature enough to make the decisions necessary to ride safely in the street.  Children under 10 are better off riding on the sidewalk.  For youth 11 and older and adults, the safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, where bicyclists are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorists and ride in the same direction.

 

See http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/KidsandBikeSafety

Web/index.htm

 

For anyone riding on a sidewalk:

  • Check the law in your state or local jurisdiction to make sure sidewalk riding is allowed.
  • Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways.
  • Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars and to make sure drivers see you before crossing.
  • Enter a street at a corner and not between parked cars.
  • Alert pedestrians that you are nearby saying, “Excuse me,” or, “Passing on your left,” or by sounding a bell or horn.
  • When riding at dusk or night, bikes need to be equipped with a front headlight, rear blinking light and reflectors.
  • Remember, in NJ, children under 17 are required to wear a helmet.
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