Riding a bicycle is an important part of childhood development–and, it’s fun! Yet all too often, children (and adults) are seriously injured or even killed when they fail to follow safety rules.
Head injuries are the leading cause of death and permanent disability in bicycle crashes. The single most effective way to reduce head injuries from bicycle crashes is by simply wearing a helmet. All riders need to wear a helmet, regardless of age, how short of a distance they’re traveling or how close to home. Many accidents happen in driveways, sidewalks or on bike paths–not just on the street.
Fitting a Helmet
How to fit a bike helmet:
- Using a tape measure, start above the eyebrow and wrap around the child's head. Write down the number of inches and bring it with you when buying a helmet.
- The helmet should fit snugly and should not move forward or back when worn.
- Have the child shake his or her head "no" as hard as possible. The helmet should not move side to side.
- Have the child place two fingers between the chin and chin strap. This indicates how much space there should be.
Follow these Safety Rules
- Obey all traffic signs and signals
- Never ride while wearing head phones
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- Don't wear open toe shoes and make sure your shoe strings are tied
- Don't weave between parked cars
- If you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing, and use a white headlight and rear reflector
- Keep both hands on your handle bars so you can control the bike.
These rules should also be followed when riding scooters, skate boards and roller skates/blades. Serious injury and death can occur on anything with wheels. Our brain is something that needs protecting. Ride responsible, have fun and be safe.