Bike and Wheels Safety for Big Kids at Play

As the training wheels come off your child’s bike, the risk for bike and wheeled-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.

A single rule – wear a helmet – can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent. Learn how to keep your big kid safe when riding a bike or wheeled vehicle.

Top tips before riding:

Make sure your child has the right size helmet and that he wears it every time when riding, skating or scooting.
Inspect bicycles, scooters and skateboards to ensure that reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated.

During riding:

Actively supervise children. Avoid riding bikes, skateboard or scooters in and around cars. Practice bike safety: learn the rules of the road, wear reflective clothes and stickers and ride on sidewalks when possible.

After riding:

Maintain equipment properly.

Source: http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/big-kids/at-play/bike-and-wheels-safety.html

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