Teaching Bicycle Safety to Children

Teaching Bicycle Safety to Children
Bicycle riding is fun, but it can be dangerous. It is important to teach your child bicycle safety to reduce the chances of an accident. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute reports that about 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Teach your child how to ride safely and lay down safety rules to follow.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Enforce the rule that your child must wear a bicycle helmet at all times when riding a bicycle. Explain to your child that bicycle helmets save lives. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute quotes an estimate that non-helmeted riders are 14 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than helmeted riders.
Step 2
Don't allow your child to listen to music while riding.
Step 3
Teach your child the rules of the road. Children younger than 10 years old should only be allowed to ride on the sidewalk (where doing so is legal). They should be taught to look for cars entering or exiting driveways and to look both ways before crossing a street. Children older than 10 should obey all traffic laws. They should be taught to ride in the same direction as traffic, to obey all traffic signs, to watch for parked cars and to look both ways before turning.
Step 4
Take advantage of times when you drive in a car with your child to go over traffic rules. Ask your child questions such as "What does that traffic sign mean? Are you allowed to turn here?" Strive to make the traffic-rules lesson fun by offering candy or toy rewards for answering the questions correctly.
Step 5
Go on walks with your child around the neighborhood and go over traffic rules.
Pretend you and your child are riding a bike instead of walking. Stop at driveways and look for cars and use hand signals when turning.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Be strict with your child regarding bicycle-safety rules. Let your child know that disregarding safety practices will result in loss of riding privileges. Children who know their parents are willing to enforce bike safety rules are more likely to obey the rules. Avoid riding at night, and if you must, use adequate lighting and reflective gear.
 
Be strict with your child regarding bicycle-safety rules. Let your child know that disregarding safety practices will result in loss of riding privileges. Children who know their parents are willing to enforce bike safety rules are more likely to obey the rules.
 
Avoid riding at night, and if you must, use adequate lighting and reflective gear.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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