Bike safety for kids

Kids zooming around on bikes is the stuff that childhood memories are made of. Initially, it’s riding around parks with your family and eventually it’s riding to grab your friends and go do something fun.

Learning to ride a bike is practically as essential to childhood as learning to swim, but it’s important to learn more than just how to balance and turn the peddles. Once you’ve mastered those basics, it’s the finer skills of riding that make a good cyclist.

Understanding the safety requirements and bike riding rules from an early age will hopefully help to create lasting cycling awareness that help to keep your child safer whilst they explore on two wheels.

Bike Essentials

Before your child gets on the bike a well-fitting safety approved helmet is essential. According to Kidsafensw, children who wear helmets from a young age are more likely to continue wearing them when they are teens.

Also essential are properly working brakes and a bell, or horn, to be used as a warning device for other riders and pedestrians.

Make sure the bike is the correct height for your child so they can reach the ground if needed, and also not too low so as to hinder their legs.

Wearing highly visible clothes is also recommended.

Supervision

For kids under 12 it is recommended that they do not ride on the road according to RACV, so the first step is to find good parks or cycle paths near you to hone budding cycle skills. You can find these through local cycling groups, or a simple Google search.

Learners should be closely supervised at all times while they develop the skills to properly ride in a straight line, turn a corner and brake safely.
Girl being helped by mum on bike

Bicycle rules

You must teach kids to always check driveways for reversing vehicles. Sometimes it is difficult for a car to see them so vigilance is key.

Teach your child road safety early on by telling them to look over their shoulder before they signal and turn. Being aware of what is going on around you can save lives.

Stick to bike paths wherever possible, especially with younger children.

Replace any helmets that have been in any accidents or may have been dropped or damaged in any way. Even if the helmet looks undamaged, a weak spot can be undetectable to the eye.

Regularly check and maintain bikes, such as checking tyres and brakes, oiling chains and general upkeep to ensure pedals are spinning freely and the bicycle is in perfect working order.

Bike safety

You must teach kids to always check driveways for reversing vehicles. Sometimes it is difficult for a car to see them so vigilance is key.

Teach your child road safety early on by telling them to look over their shoulder before they signal and turn. Being aware of what is going on around you can save lives.

Stick to bike paths wherever possible, especially with younger children.

Replace any helmets that have been in any accidents or may have been dropped or damaged in any way. Even if the helmet looks undamaged, a weak spot can be undetectable to the eye.

Regularly check and maintain bikes, such as checking tyres and brakes, oiling chains and general upkeep to ensure pedals are spinning freely and the bicycle is in perfect working order.
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