Talk with your children about bike helmets and bike safety.
Bumps and bruises heal but a head injury can be forever.
Kids learn by example, so set a good one by always wearing a helmet every time and everywhere you go bicycling.
A bike helmet is the single most effective safety device for reducing head injury and death from biking mishaps.
Make helmets a regular part of your family´s biking experience.
You Know? Short rides close to home can be the most dangerous: More
than 60 percent of childhood bicycle-related fatalities occur on small
neighborhood roads. The typical bike crash occurs within a single mile
The helmet must fit properly to be effective:
helmet should fit snugly so that it doesn´t slide from side to side or
front to back. If the helmet does not fit with the installed fit pads
simply remove them and install a different size pad. To insure the
proper fit, mix and match the pad thickness to best conform to your
head shape. Remember to always read your bike helmet User Manual
thoroughly for correct positioning of your helmet.
A bicycle helmet reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by
85-88%. But it´s not enough to simply buy and wear one you need to make
sure it fits properly.
The basic set of rules for beginning bicyclist are:
1. No playing in the road.
2. No riding on busy streets.
3. Stop and look before entering a roadway to cross or for any other reason.
4. Bicycle ride with traffic regardless of whether it is on the road, on the
shoulder or on the sidewalk. [In situations where the infrastructure or other
factors force you to toward traffic, adjacent to it, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
that you approach every intersection (road, alley, driveway, parking lot access,
etc) with extreme caution and prepared to stop instantly.]
5. Stop for all stop signs and obey all other traffic signs and signals..
6. Make your own decisions (don't do something just because a friend did it.).
7. Keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times -- two is better.
8. No riding at night -- even in broad daylight bright cloths are good.
9. Even if you are doing everything else safely and right (please do), it is a good idea, and sometime
the law, to wear a helmet. Bicycle
gloves are a second good piece of person protective equipment.