6 Bike Safety Tips for Kids
Riding a bicycle is a fun activity for kids during the summer. It’s a great way to get around, and it gives them plenty of exercise! However, it is important that your children understand proper bike safety before they are allowed to get on the bicycle.
Below are six important bike safety tips for kids that will help prevent injury and accidents!
Always wear a properly fitting helmet. The best way to prevent a head injury is to have a helmet that fits correctly. Make sure the straps can be secured without pinching the chin or neck, and that the helmet doesn’t slide across the head when worn. Many local police stations offer helmet fittings in the spring and early summer months.
Ensure the bike is safe for the rider. Check your bicycle before each ride. Make sure the height is adjusted correctly, especially if your child has changed bikes, is riding a friend’s bike, or it is the first time on the bike since the Fall – kids tend to grow quickly. Inspect the tires, and inflate them if needed. Also, check the chain and oil it regularly.
Learn the appropriate hand signals. When riding with other bikers and near traffic, it’s important that the rider signals their intentions. All of these signals should be done with the left arm. When stopping, put the left around out to the side, the elbow bent so the hand points to the ground. For a left turn, the left arm should be straight out to the side. Stretching the left arm to the side and bending the elbow so the hand points up to the sky notes a right turn.
Add a basket for any personal things. Avoid trying to carry something while biking. Both hands should stay on the handlebars at all times. Place bags and backpacks in the basket as well, so there is no risk of dropping them or getting distracted trying to wear them.
Wear the right clothing when biking. Wear bright clothing when riding a bike, so you are sure to be seen by drivers. Make sure clothes have no loose strings or are big enough to get caught in the bike’s chain. For shoes, always wear sneakers that are properly tied. Flip flops or sandals are not appropriate for bikes, since they could slip off and won’t grip the pedals properly.
Be aware of surroundings. Remind children to avoid any distractions that could get them hurt while on the bicycle. They want to be sure to notice any cars, pedestrians, and other bikers when riding. Do not allow them to wear earbuds for their iPod or talk on a cell phone while riding a bike.
What is your best bike safety tip?