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Bike Safety

Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent, but accidents happen. Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department due to bike injuries, and about 26,000 children are seen in emergency departments for traumatic brain injury related to bicycle-riding.

We can do two key things to keep kids safe. First, ensure they wear a properly fitted helmet every time they ride. Second, help them learn the rules of the road before hopping on their bike.

Proper Helmet Fit

Helmets can only do their job and protect you if they are worn correctly. 

  • It should be level and cover your forehead. The front of the helmet should be no higher than one to two finger widths above your eyebrows. 

  • The straps should always be fastened and form a “V” around your ear.

  • The clip/slider for adjusting should be right under your ear, not down near your chin.

  • Buckle the chin strap securely so that no more than one or two fingers fit between the strap and your chin.

  • Make sure all straps are adjusted so they're snug enough that you can't pull or twist the helmet around on your head.

Rules of the Road

  • Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.

  • Follow all the traffic signals and signs, just like cars do.

  • Use hand signals to let others know which direction you are going.

  • Cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks, if available.

  • Use bike lanes or designated bike routes.

  • Ride single file, not side-by-side.

When to Replace Your Helmet

  • The helmet is too small to fit properly.

  • Helmets expire 5 years after they were made. The sticker inside your helmet lists the date it was made.

  • If you fall down and put your helmet to the test, be sure to get a new one. They don't work as well after a crash.

Other Safety Tips

  • Do not wear loose clothing that can get stuck in the chains or pedals.

  • Wear reflective material and light colored clothing when it’s dark outside.

  • Put away headphones and electronic devices when riding to prevent distraction.