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Wheeling into Summer

Nothing beats the feeling of cruising down the road - wind at your back on your first official bike ride of summer! Cycling, boarding or blading are all great ways to get around, so wherever your journey takes you, let's be active and get there on wheels. Today's blog looks at various modes of active transportation utilizing "wheels" and offers safety tips.

  • Skateboarding and longboarding are becoming more and more popular these days, partly due to the fact that they require minimal equipment and are really portable. Encourage your kids to meet friends at a local skate park where they can enjoy a smooth ride without worrying about cars. For new skateboarders or for a refresher, have a look at these safety tips.
  • Remember! Helmets are a must. Additional equipment like, knee, elbow and wrist guards are recommended for skateboarding and rollerblading.Whether you're cycling to work, the store, the beach, or tackling your first charity ride, riding safely and following the rules of the road is crucial. Additionally, a well maintained bike will prevent mid-ride mechanical "surprises". Check your tires for cracks, ensure the brakes are working, and that the front and back lights are powered up. Treat your bike to a professional tune-up, check with your local bike shop to see if they offer any seasonal discounts.
  • If you use a wheelchair, plan ahead to ensure your route is accessible and enjoyable. Maybe this is the year to try a new sport! Consider wheelchair basketball or rugby if you’re looking for some extra excitement. Check out these provincial and national resources for more information.
  • Summer just wouldn't be the same without rollerblading (also known as inline skating). This activity is a great way to get around town. Be sure to watch for cracks in the pavement, sand, or obstacles that could make for a bumpy ride. Parachute Canada has more safety tips to consider if you’re a first timer.

Before you rush out the door and on to your wheels, be sure to smear on some sunscreen and grab those cool sunglasses. Did I miss any safety tips or ways for you to enjoy an active summer wheeling around? Let me know in the comments below.


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