Bicycle Safety

By  on March 22, 2007
Bicycle Safety
  • Children under five should only ride a tricycle. They don't have the strength and co-ordination to ride a bike yet. Toddlers and preschoolers should be supervised by an adult when they ride their tricycles. Do not allow your preschooler to ride a tricycle on the road.
  • Five and six-year-olds are ready to learn how to ride a two-wheeled bike with training wheels.
  • Choose a tricycle that is the right size for your child. The child should be able to put their feet flat on the ground while sitting on the seat.
  • Make sure your child wears a bicycle helmet designed for their age group. Check for a label that says the helmet is approved by one of the following: Canadian Standards Association (CSA), CPSC, Snell, or ASTM.

A Helmet Should Be Snug And Comfortable
How Can I Get My Child To Wear A Helmet?

  • Give your child a helmet with their first tricycle. (To set a good example, wear a helmet yourself when you ride a bike.)
  • Let children pick out the colour of helmet they want.
  • Tell your children why it is so important to wear a helmet.
  • Reward your children for wearing their helmets.
  • Don't let your children ride their tricycles or bicycles unless they wear their helmets.
  • Encourage your children's friends to wear helmets.

How Can I Make Sure My Child's Helmet Fits Properly?

  • To protect your child's head, a helmet must fit properly and it must be worn correctly. A helmet should be snug and comfortable, and you should not be able to tip it forward or backward. Helmets should be level from front to back, and they should come down to one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • Adjust the foam pads and chin strap to get a proper fit. The front and rear straps should meet just below each ear.
  • The chinstrap should be snug without pinching. Have your child try on several helmets to get the one that fits best. To avoid strangulation, take your child's helmet off when they get off their tricycle or bicycle to play. EY

March 22, 2007

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