We have seen several reports of bicycle accidents in the news lately, so we believe it is important to share the below steps to bicycle safety. We urge parents to follow these steps to help ensure that their children are safe this summer.
Step 1: Wear a Helmet
Approximately 70-percent of all fatal bicycle accidents involve head injuries, many of which can be prevented with helmet use. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of brain and head injury by 85-percent. Helmets should have “Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standards for Bicycle Helmets” on the label, and should feel snug. A V around the ears should be formed with the straps, and the helmet should not move up and down or side to side.
Step 2: Check your family’s bikes for safety
- Tires should have proper amount of air
- Adjust the seat and handlebars to match your growing child
- Check the brakes and ensure that they are working properly
- Take bicycles to bike shop for periodic tune ups
Step 3: Be alert when riding
- Ride on the right side of the road on a predictable path
- Children under 9 do not have the skills to ride on the road; stick to sidewalks
By following the simple steps above, you can help keep your children safe this summer and prevent possible accidents from occurring.
If you have more questions about bicycle safety, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Bicycle Safety page.