Learning how to ride a bike is a key milestone in a child’s life. They’ll likely remember the day for years to come.
To help them learn how to ride safely, we’ve created a list of bicycle safety tips for kids. But if we’re honest, these tips can also serve as a refresher for adults.
Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids
- Wear a good helmet every time you get on your bike. Adjust the straps to make your helmet fits snugly, and never ride without it—even for a short distance.
- Kneepads, elbow pads and gloves are not mandatory, but they can help prevent serious injuries if you should have a mishap while riding.
- Wear proper clothing. Light colored clothes or reflective gear makes it easier for motorists to see you.
- Ride a bike that is the right size for you. If you cannot balance the bicycle with your toes while you are sitting on the seat, it is too high. Adjust the seat to fit you, or ride a different bike that fits.
- Check the bicycle brakes, tires, chains and handlebars often, and keep them working properly.
- Keep reflectors on both the front and back of your bike and attach a headlight for use as soon as the sun begins to dim.
- Obey all traffic rules, and ride on the right side of the road. Cyclists must abide by the same rules that all drivers follow. Learn to use hand signals, so motorists will know when you plan to turn or stop.
- Do not ride in neighborhoods where traffic is heavy.
- When riding with others, always stay in single file.
- Walk bikes across intersections.
- Be alert, and watch for loose gravel, potholes, people, animals or other obstacles that may get in your path.
- Do not listen to music or talk on a cell phone while riding your bicycle. You should be able to hear approaching vehicles and animals for your safety.
At the Bicycle Barn, we take safety seriously, especially for our young riders. We hope you share these safety tips and contact us with any questions.