The joy and freedom of bike riding is something that every child looks forward to each spring and summer. It is vital to make sure that riding remains a fun activity while still adhering to safety rules. First and foremost, children must don a bike helmet.
Look on the inside of the helmet to determine if it is rated. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) rates helmets with a green or blue Snell sticker, a test for safety. A safe helmet is also one that has a F1447 certification by the American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM).
Your child’s wear should not be worn tilted, but level on their head which will protect from frontal impact. The helmet should fit snugly so that it won’t move in the event of multiple impacts. The chin strap should be fastened so it doesn’t fall off. If your little one isn’t keen on wearing a helmet, let him or her decorate it and show off their style. Your little one will feel differently about wearing a personal work of art.
Once the helmet is right, it is time to ride – with a few rules of the road for bikers. Kids should always look both ways when crossing alleys, driveways and streets. Kids should wait and make sure that drivers can see them before crossing the street at corners. No one should enter the street from the middle of the block, between parked cars. Only cross the street at the curb. If riding on the street, always ride in a straight line, in the same direction as the traffic, about 3 feet away from parked cars. Every now and then, you should look behind you while riding, especially if you want to pass a stopped car in front, or miss a pothole.
Ride with your kids to help them learn the biking rules of the road! Help keep biking safe and fun!