All bicyclists should be cautious when out for a ride, but it is particularly important for children. Children are not as aware of their surroundings and might not realize the importance of following the rules of the road at this age, so you will need to spend some time discussing safety with them and why it is essential to respect traffic signals. The lessons you teach them now can help them avoid an accident in the future.
Helping Your Children Stay Safe
When you purchase a bike for your child, make sure you also purchase a helmet as well. Helmets are not just for aesthetics. A properly fitted bike helmet can help prevent traumatic brain injuries in the event of a collision or a fall. Make sure you choose one that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. Your child’s helmet straps should always be buckled, but make sure it is not too tight.
Additionally, you should inspect your child’s bike before he or she rides. Check to see if the reflectors are secure, the gears shift smoothly, and the brakes are operational. Your child can do this with you, so he or she can learn how to do it without your assistance.
You should also make sure your child wears bright clothing or clothing with reflective materials to ensure drivers can clearly see him or her even in the dark. The more visible your child is, the safer he or she will be.
Lastly, you should review the rules of the road with your children. Bicyclists are afforded the same rights as other motorists on the road, which also means they must respect the rules as well. Your child should understand that he or she must stop at stop signs and look both ways before entering a street or crossing an intersection.
Here are some additional bike safety tips:
- Do not ride beside parked cars
- All items should be carried in an attached basket
- Avoid riding through puddles
- Do not wear headphones while riding
- If riding with a friend, ride single file instead of side by side
- Use appropriate hand signals when turning
- Do not ride on sidewalks; only use bike lanes when available
You should also quiz your child about safe riding techniques and bicycle laws until you believe they have a good understanding of these rules and how to stay safe.
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