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.