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Police Urge Bicycle Safety

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With biking becoming more popular and more and more popping up on area roads due to the summer weather. Police want to ensure everyone out and about stays safe, whether you're on or off a bicycle.

Fargo Police remind riders to always wear a helmet, but to also make sure the one you buy is a proper fitting helmet. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends the following:

Size:
Try the helmet on to ensure it fits snuggly. While it is sitting flat on top of your head, make sure the helmet doesn't rock side to side. Sizing pads come with new helmets; use the pads to securely fit to your head. Mix or match the sizing pads for the greatest comfort. In your child's helmet, remove the padding when your child's head grows. If the helmet has a universal fit ring instead of sizing pads, adjust the ring size to fit the head.

Position:
The helmet should sit level on your head and low on your forehead—one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow.

Buckles:
Center the left buckle under the chin. On most helmets, the straps can be pulled from the back of the helmet to lengthen or shorten the chin straps. This task is easier if you take the helmet off to make these adjustments.

Side Straps:
Adjust the slider on both straps to form a "V" shape under, and slightly in front of, the ears. Lock the slider if possible.

Chin Strap:
Buckle your chin strap. Tighten the strap until it is snug, so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap.

It's also recommenced that you compete an "ABC Quick Check" before each ride.

A-Checking the air in your tires, B-Checking your breaks, C-Checking your chain, And finally checking your quick release lever on your tiers it ensure it's tight and in place.

The Fargo Park District in collaboration with Fargo Police are also offering a series of confident cycling classes.

For parents & children: Thursdays 1:30-3:00, 6/7, 6/21, 7/12, & 7/26. Fee: $10 per family

For ages 13+: Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm, 6/14, 6/28, 6/26. Fee: $5 per participant

All classes will be held at the Southwest Ice Arena located at 4404 23Ave. SW, in Fargo.

 

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