This week, we want to put a spotlight on one of the most important topics for our families - bicycle safety! Bicycle safety helps us keep our favorite little ones and adults out of harm’s way and injury-free! We have gathered a little guide to help you lead a family discussion about these bicycle safety tips with your loved ones. This can be a great family dinner topic, a conversation to have in traffic, or even discuss while doing chores at home!
1. Always wear a helmet!
Not only is it important to always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, it’s also important to choose the right helmet. Just like finding the right-size bike is crucial to a safe and comfortable ride, you must also find a helmet that fits your child securely. Remember that children should wear a helmet designed for their age and size. A helmet that doesn’t fit properly will not protect the user as well as a helmet that is the correct size. Don’t forget to buckle the strap and adjust properly to secure the helmet. A strap that is not tight enough might not keep the helmet on your child’s head in the event of an accident. A helmet is similar to a seatbelt - it cannot protect you if you don’t wear it properly.
2. Wear appropriate shoes.
Always wear closed-toe shoes when riding a bicycle. Whether you have a toddler riding a bike with training wheels or you are riding a bike yourself, closed-toe shoes will protect your feet from injury. Any bike rider, no matter their age or level of experience, might encounter obstacles in their ride that could harm their feet. Flip-flops or slide-on shoes could allow scrapes on your toes or the top of your feet.
3. Check the safety of your bike.
Before you go for a ride on your bike, it is a good idea to do a safety check on your equipment. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, your brakes are adjusted and secure, and that your seat is raised to the correct height.
Please let us know what other safety tips you have to share! Tag us on our social media pages so we can join the conversation.