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
- Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled sports activities. “Use your head, wear a helmet.”
- 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.
- When children are sitting on the seat of the bike, their feet should be able to touch the ground
- Before riding, making sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work, gears shift smoothly, and tires are secured and inflated properly
- It can be heard for children under 10 to judge speed and distance of cars, so limit riding to sideways, parks or bike path
- Kids learn from parents, so wear your helmet so they wears theirs
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- When riding at dusk, wear reflective shoes or clothing. Use a front headlight so other motorists can see them.