Welcome to North Shore Health Department The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 4/18/2017 Did You Know? With warm weather approaching quickly, it is the perfect time to go out for a bike ride. Bike riding is a great form of physical activity and a healthy way to get around. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, and it is important when biking to be aware of your surroundings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 900 bicyclists were killed in the U.S. in 2013. Bike riders share the road with other motorists and need to take precautions to stay safe while on the road. Follow these tips to ensure bike safety: Wear a helmet. Regardless of age, a helmet will provide protection in case of injury. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights. Make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street. Young children should be supervised until you're comfortable that they are responsible to ride on their own. Additionally, when riding at night, be bright and use lights and reflectors. It's also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retroreflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists. To learn more visit: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/ Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.