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Bicyle Safety

Most kids learn to ride a bike without training wheels around the age of five. It can be very scary teaching a child this task, since most parents can vividly remember all the scrapes, bumps and bruises that go along with learning it. But, whether you are teaching your child to ride a bike or they have already mastered it, there are a few things you can do to try to limit these injuries as much as possible:

• Safety gear—
Supply your child with cool safety gear to wear, such as a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. Make sure your child likes them so that even when you aren’t looking, she wants to wear them. Then you should make it a rule that your child is not allowed to ride the bike without these things on. By having this rule in place from the very beginning, you can help to make it a habit and your child won’t even think to not wear them.

• Bike size—
This is something that many parents don’t think about, but is very important in eliminating falls. The bike needs to be the proper size for your child. Even though a bike is meant for five year olds, and your child is five, if she is small for her age, you may need to get her a smaller bike. Make sure that when your child sits on the bike seat, her feet can touch the ground enough that she can stand there and hold the bike up. If not, the bike is too big and when she loses her balance, she won’t be able to stop the bike without falling.

• Visibility—
Make your child wear bright colored clothing when riding the bike and make sure that there are plenty of reflectors on the bike she is riding. Even if she won’t be riding in the street, it is important to make sure that others can see her.

• No street—
Teach your child the importance of not riding their bike in the street. It is much more safe for your child to stay on the sidewalk to ride their bike, and even if she has an accident, she is likely to get hurt a lot less than she would if in the street.

• Buddies—
If your child knows how to ride well enough that they are allowed to ride out of your vision, make sure that they ride with a friend. Even the most experienced bike riders can have an accident, and if they get hurt bad and are alone, they may not be able to come tell you. Having at least two riders together can help in these types of situations.

• Safe ramps—
As your child gets better and better at bike riding, it is likely that she will want to start doing tricks. These tricks may include popping wheelies, jumping ramps, etc. While most parents would prefer to simply not allow their children to these kinds of things, it is good for children to try tricks such as these. But, allowing your child to try tricks doesn’t have to mean they can do whatever they want. Instead, you can help make sure that the risk is as minimal as possible by requiring that any ramps or crazy tricks be inspected by you first. This way, they may get hurt while jumping a ramp, but at least it won’t be because the ramp collapsed beneath them.

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