Lesson 9

Bicycle Safety


Lesson Goal:

To teach that bikes aren't just toys and using them safely requires personal responsibility​.


Lesson Objectives:

  • List ways of being seen by motorists.
  • Know safe bike riding action steps.


Content Standards Addressed:

Common Core State Standards


Bikes can be fun to play with. And like other forms of transportation, they help us get from one place to another. Whether you are using a bike for fun or to get somewhere, you must act responsibly.

Bicyclists must be personally responsible for themselves, because people driving cars are not always carefully look for bikers. It's especially important that drivers of cars can see bikers. Bike riders need to make themselves seen.


What can you do to be seen?

  • Wear bright colors.
  • Look at the drivers. Make eye contact.
  • Ride in open areas, not between cars.
  • Ride during the day, not at night.


What other responsible steps can you take to be safe on a bicycle?

  • Always wear a helmet to protect your head.
  • Stay alert. Look. Listen.
  • Watch for drivers. They may not see you.
  • Keep away from busy roads or other places with lots of traffic.
  • Before you ride your bike, look over your bike to make sure everything is working correctly.
    • Are the tires inflated properly and in good shape?
    • Do the wheels spin freely?
    • Are the seat and handles correctly fitted for you?
    • Are the brakes working?
    • Do you have reflectors or a light?
  • Ride a bike that fits you - not too big or too small.
  • Obey rules of the road and traffic signs. And be extra careful at intersections.​



Ride with Responsibility, Johnny!

Read the scenario below to the children. When finished, ask the children to tell you what responsibility steps Johnny could have taken to be a safe bike cyclist.

"Thursday night, Johnny ran out of the house wearing a dark blue shirt, and he jumped on his older brother's bike quickly. The bike was too big for Johnny, and he wasn't wearing a helmet, but he rode quickly. He rode on a busy road without obeying the traffic signs and without looking at the cars around him. Johnny was lucky to arrive safely at a friend's house."


Journal Entry

Have children write a letter to Johnny. Ask them to give him advice for safe, responsible bike riding.


Leader's Fast Facts:

Each year, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related​ injuries.


Additional Resources:


This website contains reproducible handouts and interactive screens. The screens would be ideal for projecting for a classroom presentation or for students to explore individually. ​