Bike Safety for Kids

Bike Safety for Kids
Riding a bicycle provides exercise and freedom. The child can become self-sufficient as she rides to ball practice, school or friends' houses. Some safety precautions are necessary.
 

Helmet

The helmet will prevent a serious head and brain injury and needs to be worn correctly. The forehead should not show and the helmet needs to be adjusted to stay firm and not move on the head.

 
 

Right Bike

The bike should fit the child. Have the child straddle the bike--the top tube of the bike should be 2 to 3 inches below his crotch.

Proper Attire

Light-colored and reflective clothing and stickers on helmets help the cyclist be seen by drivers. Biking gloves protect the hands from road rash. Long pants protect the knees and legs from scrapes.

Where to Ride

Young children will stay close to home, but as they become better riders, they venture farther. They should stay on sidewalks until age 10, then they should always ride with traffic. Hazards like cars pulling out of driveways, pedestrians, glass, potholes and storm drains will be some hazards they face.

Traffic Rules

Bikes need to stop at signs and lights. Pedestrians have the right of way. Signal when changing lanes or turning. Beginning cyclists should get off their bikes and walk to cross busy intersections. When passing cyclists and pedestrians, they should announce "passing left."

 

Article Written By Scott Whitney

Currently living in Southern Arizona, Scott Whitney is a certified English teacher and serves in the Army. He has written for the U.S. Government for 12 years. Whitney has an A.A. degree in history from Ricks College and a B.A. in family and community history from Brigham Young University.

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