Top Ten Bicycle Safety Tips for Children

We recently received instruction from Safe Kids on proper Bicycle Safety. We thought we would share with you the highlights of what we learned.

Top Ten Bicycle Safety Tips for Children

  1. Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled sports activities. “Use your head, wear a helmet.”
  2. Ensure proper fitting by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Select one that is the right size for the child, not one he or she will grow into.
  3. When children are sitting on the seat of the bike, their feet should be able to touch the ground
  4. Before riding, making sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work, gears shift smoothly, and tires are secured and inflated properly
  5. It can be heard for children under 10 to judge speed and distance of cars, so limit riding to sideways, parks or bike path
  6. Kids learn from parents, so wear your helmet so they wears theirs
  7. Tell kids to ride on the right side of the road with traffic and not against it. Use appropriate hand signals and stop all signals and signs.
  8. Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind you before turning left
  9. Make sure you child knows how to put on their helmet. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position and not rock back and forth or side to side. The strap should always be buckled.
  10. When riding at dusk, wear reflective shoes or clothing. Use a front headlight so other motorists can see them.

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