Bike Safety Tips for Kids
Riding a bike is a fun way to get exercise and to spend time with family and friends. It's very important that all children are aware of different safety rules to ride by, so they can avoid injuries. By following some simple practices, you can have fun on your bike and still be safe.
Here are some rules for kids who bike on sidewalks and at the park...
• Wear brightly coloured clothes and reflective gear, such as a reflective vest, book bag tags, or pant leg straps.
• Loose laces and pant legs can get caught up in your bike and cause you to crash. Tie shoelaces and tuck the hanging ends into your shoe, and tie wide pant legs with a reflective strap or tuck them into socks.
• Check your bike for safety. Make sure the tires have enough air, the brakes and gears work, the chain isn’t loose, and the wheels and bolts are tight. You should also have reflective gear on your bicycle. Have your parents help you fix anything that’s not right.
• Wear a helmet. Make sure it’s properly adjusted, fitted, and buckled. See sidebar for instructions on checking helmet fit.
• Look and listen for traffic when crossing the road. Never use a cell phone or wear headphones.
• Look left, right, left, and behind you for traffic, including pedestrians, bicycles, and cars.
• Be aware of the sidewalk/road conditions. Different objects in the road can pose a danger to your safety, such as potholes, manholes, railroad tracks, storm grates, wet leaves, rocks, or even cracks in the road.
• Watch for vehicles going in and out of driveways.
• Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.
• Carry books and other items in a backpack or bag designed to fit on a bicycle.
How to wear a helmet:
Eyes: The helmet should sit low on your forehead – two finger widths above your eyebrows.
Ears: With the helmet buckled, the straps should meet just below the ears.
Mouth: When buckled, you should be able to fit no more than two fingers between the buckle and chin.
For more bike safety tips, visit: www.kidshealth.org.