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CHEOs Health beat Article 03 Topic Safety on Wheels Feeling Wheely Wonderful Bicycles scooters and inline skates have many things in common but perhaps the most prominent shared features are wheels Sure they look different but they work to achieve the same effect They move someone from place A to place B then to C and sometimes they do it at high speeds Although operated differently the one thing they have in common is that they are all powered by human energy That makes them fantastic for fun fitness and family togetherness and results in the need for the most important similarity of all Thats the need for a defensive safety first approach to cycling scootering and inline skating The wearing of safety gear begins with an appropriate certified correctly fitted helmet It is the law for all cyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet For scootering and inline skating it simply makes sense Lets not forget elbow and knee pads worn underneath long pants and long sleeves shirts This will go along way toward limitingpreventing scrapes and bruises especially for beginners Wrist and palm protection is important because many injuries are the result of outstretched hands and arms attempting to break a fall Inline skates should always fit properly and likewise bicycles and scooters should be properly adjusted to the height of the rider Ensure that brakes are in working order and for all activities be sure that wheels are free of dirt and debris and all mechanical parts are properly adjusted Worn parts wheels and tires should be replaced immediately Inline skaters should get trained By taking the time to learn how to skate and fall properly one may avoid injury Contact the City of Ottawa at 244-5300 ext 3589 and inquire about lessons that teach skills and proper stopping technique Scooter and bicycle riders should also seek out courses
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