Helmets are the most important safety item for bicycle riders. Helmets are a necessity - not an accessory! In fact, wearing a helmet can reduce head injuries up to 85%.
The perfect helmet
Choose a helmet that meets safety standards.
Make sure the helmet fits your child and they are wearing it correctly every time they are on their bike -- even riding in the driveway or down the block.
Be an example, adults need to wear helmets, too.
Find out how to fit a bike helmet.
The perfect bike
Make sure the bicycle fits your child. If it is too large, it will be difficult for them to control.
When sitting on the bike, your child should be able to just about fully extend their legs to reach the pedals when they are in the lowest position.
When standing astride the bar with their feet flat on either side, there should be about 1 to 2 inches of space between their crotch and the crossbar for a road bike and 3 to 4 inches for a mountain bike.
For kids that are still growing, make sure that their bike's seat post and handlebars can be raised a bit to adjust to their new height.