Bike Safety Facts
- Little kids look forward to being big kids, but they need to follow guidelines suitable for their age before they ride “big kid” bikes and engage in other wheeled sports. Because they are not ready to ride bicycles, children under the age of five ride tricycles.
- As the training wheels come off of your child’s bike, the risk for bike related injury may increase. To stay safe on two-, three- and four-wheeled toys and vehicles, big kids need to learn the rules of the road and practice safe behaviors.
- Compared to older children, children in early adolescence demonstrate less motor coordination for pedaling bicycles as well as differences in bone development that affect motor skills.
- In addition, 11 to 14-year-olds may be reluctant to wear helmets. Though your child may be especially mature for their age or a particularly skilled rider, it is just as important for her to wear a helmet every time, everywhere she goes.
- A single rule – wear a helmet – can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.
For more information on how to keep your children safe while riding their bicycles, please go to the Safe Kids Washoe County bike pages to see what classes and tips are offered to create a safer bike environment.