Two wheels, metal frame going at a rate of speed and possibly though the wilderness, is a scenario set for injuries. I could not begin to count the amount of fractured wrists, fingers, dislocated shoulders and head injuries I have treated from patients riding a bicycle. It can be very healthy and enjoyable with the proper precautions. Stay prepared and safe.
Survive Outdoors will not address safety as relating to rules of the road. There are always differences from state to state. Please check with your local DMV where you can pick up a copy of Rules of the Road for Bicyclists.
Children and adults should wear helmets. In many states, this is required by law. We also advise the use of elbow pads and knee pads; especially in rough terrain.