Bicycle, Skate and Skateboard Safety

Did You Know?
  • Every two minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for an unintentional cycle-related incident.
  • More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms for biking related-injuries than any other sport.
  • Helmet use is the most effective way to reduce bicycle-related fatalities.
  • Non-motorized scooters cause more injuries to kids than any other toy.
  • Every $12 spent on a bicycle helmet for a child generates $580 in cost-saving benefits to society.

Bicycle Safety Tips
  • Wear a HelmetIt is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
  • Find the Right Helmet Fit.  Make sure your child has the right size helmet and wears it every time when riding.
  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly.
  • Check your equipment. Before the ride, make sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly, and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.
  • Dress young kids appropriately.  Long or loose clothing can get caught in bike chains or wheel spokes. 
  • Stay Alert.  Teach your child to watch for cars and trucks.
  • Children should be able to show they know the rules of the road before cycling with traffic.
  • Model Good Behavior because kids learn from watching you. Wear a helmet, even if you didn't when you were a kid.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.
  • Be Bright.  Use Lights and reflectors so drivers can see you.
     
How to properly fit a bike helmet:





Skating and Skateboarding Safety Tips

  • Helmets Are a Must.  Every skater should wear a helmet. Wrist guards, knee pads and elbow pads are a good idea too, especially for beginners. Mouth guards are good protection against broken teeth.
  • Find the Right Helmet Fit.  Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly.
  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children under 5 should never ride a skateboard. A child’s balance and judgment have not fully developed yet, which means a high risk for a serious injury.
  • Streets should be off-limits, as most in-line skating fatalities involve collisions with motor vehicles.
  • Different skates and different boards do different things, so make sure kids have the right gear for their activity.

Additional Resources

Bike Safety Tip Sheet
 

Skating and Skateboarding Safety Tip Sheet

Walk/Bike to School Safety Program


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