Bicycle Safety

 

  • Bicycle Size
    • A proper sized bicycle is imperative. A bicycle that is the wrong size could cause your child to lose control and crash.
    • Most children will have a bike with training wheels until they are 5-7 years old. Taking training wheels off of your child's bike before they are ready is very dangerous.  
    • Do not buy a bicycle that your child will "grow into". Buy the size that is the right size for your child at the time.
    • On a proper fitting bike your child can do the following:
      • Sit on the seat with hands on handle bar and place balls of feet on the ground
      • Straddle the center bar with both feet flat on the ground and have 1 inch of clearance between center bar and crotch
      • If the bike has hand breaks, you child can apply the brakes with enough pressure to stop the bike
      • Helmets must be worn on EVERY bike ride!!

 

  • Rules of the Road
    • It's very important to teach your child the correct rules of the road. The most important ones are the following:
      • Ride on the right side with traffic. Riding against traffic confuses drivers and makes it more dangerous of the rider.
      • Stop and look both ways before going into the street
      • Stop at ALL intersections even if they are not marked
      • Teach your child proper hand signals and when to use them

 

  • General Bike Safety
    • As a parent, you must set limits on where and when children may ride bikes. This includes taking the bike away if a helmet is not worn
    • Riding a bike at night is not safe for anyone. Encourage your older child to call home for a ride instead of riding a bike in the dark.