May is National Bike Month! This national program, sponsored by the The League of American Bicyclists was launched to celebrate the many reasons we ride.
With my son participating in National Bike Month’s Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9th, I’ve had bike safety at the forefront of my mind. According to KidsHealth, approximately 300,000 children find themselves in the Emergency Room for bicycle-related injuries annually. Thankfully there are lots of ways we as parents can help reduce bicycle-related risks with our children.
This video offers a quick rundown of bike safety tips from pediatrician Lewis First, MD, chief of Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen:
Check out these 6 bike safety tips for kids which include valuable resources to ensure safe cycling!
Wear a helmet 1 of 6
Follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's tips on Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet.
Proper bike sizing 2 of 6
About.com's Kids' Bike Sizing Guide is a useful tool to get you started.
Wear bright colors 3 of 6See and be seen with bright colors and reflective gear at dawn and dusk.
Follow road rules 4 of 6
Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's tips on Kids and Bicycle Safety.
Minimize distractions 5 of 6Anything that takes your child's eyes and ears off the road - even momentarily - is a potential danger. Avoid music, cell phones, and the use of walkie talkies while cycling.
Use proper hand signals 6 of 6Hand signals allow your child to effectively communicate with motorists. Illustrations on the use of proper hand signals can be found here.
Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers activities and safety lessons specifically designed for children ages 4-11.
Wishing you safe and happy riding!
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