Bicycle Safety for Kids
Bicycling can be a great activity for children—if they know the basic safety routines. The following guidelines can make it easier for you to get your child into the bike safety habit.
- Helmets and kids—it’s the safety connection that really matters for kid-riders.
- Let your child help pick out the helmet.
- Always insist your child wear the helmet.
- Begin the helmet habit with the first bicycle.
- When you ride with your children, wear your own helmet.
- Encourage the parents of your children's friends to buy helmets.
- Children should avoid biking in the dark. If they must bike at night, make sure their clothing and helmet have reflective strips and that the lights and reflectors on the bike are in place.
- ALWAYS make sure they wear shoes when riding a bicycle!
- Ride it at different times of the day—the amount of traffic can vary significantly.
- Look to see where kids can lock their bikes and if it's near the pick-up, drop-off area (which could have a lot of traffic).
- Kids should always try to ride with a buddy (but not on the same bike) and know what to do in case of an accident or if they are followed or approached by a stranger on foot or in a car.
- Make sure they are riding a bike that fits them and that it is in good working order.
- ”Showing off” can lead to injuries for the cyclists and his friends.