Child bike seats have become increasingly popular in recent decades. Although research varies, even the safest child bike seat might still result in minor neck, head and arm injuries in the event of a crash. Proper use and following a few guidelines can help ensure a safe experience when using a child bike seat.
A child bike seat, also known as a bicycle-mounted child seat, is a great option for adults to take small children for a bicycle ride.
The child bike seat should be mounted above the rear wheel and include spoke protectors for the child's feet. The back of the seat should be high enough to provide head support and have a safety belt for securing the child to the seat.
Children under the age of 1 year or over 40 pounds should not ride in a child bike seat.
Although research varies, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets are up to 85 percent effective in reducing head and spine injuries. Children should wear a helmet that fits properly. When riding with a child, bicycles can be prone to swerving with sudden movement, and they require longer breaking distance.
According to an independent study by the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, a large proportion of child bike seat-related injuries involve the head and face. The institute recommends leaning the bicycle against a wall for stability when loading and unloading the child and never leaving a child unattended when mounted.
Article Written By A.C. Bauer
A.C. Bauer is a seasoned adventurist with explorations spanning four continents, including hiking Machu Picchu, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, running the Ice Age Trail and road biking out of her front door. She has written marketing materials for eight years and worked for Red Bull, Disney and Dick's Sporting Goods, and received a master's in recreation and sport science from Ohio University.