Kid's Bike Safety

Kid's Bike Safety
To help your child stay safe on her bike, teach basic safety facts to get her started. Then, work together to make your own rules to match her maturity and riding skills.
 

Significance

Statistics from the Children's Safety Network show that children made up 44 percent of all nonfatal bike injuries in 2005. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2008 data states that one-seventh of fatal bicycle accidents involved kids ages 5 to 15.

 
 

Prevention

Children's Safety Network shows that head injuries accounted for 62.6 percent of bicycle deaths in 2005. A properly fitted helmet reduces the risk of head injury should your child crash or be involved in an accident.

Other Precautions

Bright clothing keeps kids visible to cars, pedestrians and other cyclists. Reflective stickers add visibility to backpacks, shoes and other gear.

Considerations

Your child's bike-handling skills are his first line of defense against a fall. Make sure he has time to build confidence and riding skills in a safe area.

Misconceptions

Riding on the sidewalk is often more dangerous than riding in the street for older kids. In many cities, it is illegal to ride a bike on a sidewalk. Your child must follow all traffic signs when she rides on the road. If a street is too busy, she should dismount her bike and walk on the sidewalk.

 

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

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