Riding a bicycle is a great way to enjoy a summer day—it’s fun, it’s great exercise, and it gets you where you need to go faster than walking!
A bike ride should always be a fun experience, but unfortunately, accidents do happen. Did you know that bicycle accidents send more kids to the emergency room every summer than any other activity? I’m not telling you that to scare you—I just want you to understand that it’s important to know how to keep safe when you’re zipping along on two wheels.
There is a lot of in-depth information out there about bike safety, as you’ll see when you visit the links below. It’s also a great idea to share the information with your parents. But first, there is one rule of bicycle safety that is so important, it deserves a paragraph of its own. Can you guess what it is? If you said “wear a helmet” you are absolutely right!
According to the Cleveland Clinic, wearing a bicycle helmet reduces your risk of head injury by 85 percent if you are involved in a bicycle accident–yet studies show that only about 50 percent of kids wear helmets on a regular basis. That number is much too low. Protecting your brain from injury is something you need to take seriously. Wearing a properly fitting bicycle helmet that meets the standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) is absolutely necessary in order to ride your bike safely.
For more information on how to find the right helmet, visit ClevelandClinic.org, or ask your parents to have a look. You might also like to watch this short video to see what a properly fitting helmet looks like.
You might also want to watch these short videos about bicycle safety from the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSTA):
For a comprehensive list of bicycle safety rules, including tips on choosing a bike, bicycle maintenance, rules of the road, making yourself visible, and more, visit KidsHealth.org.
These books on bicycle safety are available in digital format through the Hoopla app:
Safety on Wheels by Susan Kesselring
Safe on Your Bike by Rosemary Jennings
Look Out! A Story About Safety on Bicycles by Cindy Leaning
What Should I Do? On My Bike by Wil Mara
Wear a Helmet! Healthy Safety Habits by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann