Wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle is a law in many states. It's also good sense, especially for children, who may still be developing their sense of balance and bicycle-riding skills. Helmets are padded, protecting the cranium from damage in the event of an accident. Kids' helmets come in a variety of colors and designs. A quality kids' bicycle helmet can be purchased for less than $50.
There's an inexplicable pleasure in ringing a bicycle bell, and most kids will agree. More practically, a bell serves as an early warning to anyone along the sidewalk that a bicycle is approaching. Bells easily attach to the handlebars of the bicycle. A bicycle bell can be found for about $10.
Bicycle lights provide two invaluable functions--helping a rider see in the dark and allowing that rider to be seen in the dark. To this end, lights are made for both the front and rear of a bicycle. While the fun factor may not be massive, bicycle lights help keep kids safe when riding in dim light. Invest in both a front headlight and a blinking tail light. Kids standard bicycle lights range in price from about $10 to $30.
For some kids, a basket can make for a convenient and attractive bicycle accessory. Baskets can add color to a bicycle while providing storage space for small items. Baskets typically attach to the handlebar through a pair of easily adjusted straps or to the front fork by a pair of struts. Many kids' bicycle baskets cost under $20.
The average cost of a child's bicycle is well in excess of $100, and no parent wants to have to spend that money twice. Kids treasure their bicycles, and they're as eager as anyone to see them safe from the hands of thieves. Bicycle locks are relatively lightweight and easy to transport. A lock can be kept in a book bag or attach to the bicycle. Sturdy and reliable bicycle locks start at about $20.