Staying safe is the toughest trick, according to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, and to help keep active kids safe this summer, he has released a list of 5 “maximum safety” tips for bikes, skateboards and scooters.
Tip #1: No piece of gear is more important than a properly fitted helmet. A helmet is essential to your safety.
Tip #2: Make sure that your bike is the right size so that you have maximum control when you ride.
Tip #3: Keep your bike tuned up. Your tires should be properly inflated, and you should always make sure that your brakes, spokes, chain and other moving parts are in good shape and properly lubricated.
Tip #4: Always wear a helmet, elbow and knee pads on scooters and skateboards. You’ll never see Tony Hawk without this essential safety equipment.
Tip #5: Follow the rules of road by always riding on the right-hand side of the street and obeying traffic laws.
If you live in the New York City area, you can catch Tony Hawk at the Toys “R” Us store at Times Square on Saturday, April 28. He’ll conduct a safety clinic at noon, followed by autographs until 2 p.m.