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Kids bike safety

Teaching a kid how to be safe on their bike is a key part of learning to ride. Your child needs to understand the importance of staying safe when riding solo, whether they’re cycling to school or to a friends house; you need to be confident they respect the road.

Kids bike safety is not just about how to protect them, but also helping kids understand how to have fun riding a bike! To help you stay up-to-date on bike safety, follow our top tips to ensure your child stays protected when riding.

Kids bike safety

Kids bike helmet safety

When riding a bike, make sure your child is wearing a helmet and that it fits properly. If your child falls, a helmet can prevent head injuries or worse, death. A bike helmet should fit level, cover their forehead and be worn with the straps fastened. Make sure these straps are comfortable as if they’re too loose the helmet won’t be secure and it could fall off.

If your child bangs their head whilst wearing a helmet, make sure to test it; once a helmet has had an impact the strength is weakened.

Kids bike height, seat positioning, and handlebars

Check that the bike seat is comfortable to sit on and is positioned correctly. Fasten the seat so it’s sturdy and doesn’t drop down or tilt as they’re riding.

Make sure that the bike is the correct height for your child and that the handlebars aren’t too high or too low. Poorly fitted handlebars can impact the ride and how much control your child has steering the bike.

Check your child’s bike tyres and the brakes

Ensure that your child’s tyres are the correct air pressure so they have a smooth ride and to prevent the risk of a puncture on the journey.

As the bike is stationary, squeeze each break to check that they stop each wheel and that the brake pads don’t need changing.

Dress your child in reflective clothing

Night or day, ensure your child wears bright clothing so they are easy to spot by other cyclists, pedestrians and drivers. If your child has to ride when it’s dark, provide them with reflective gear and attach reflectors and lights to the wheels and handlebars.

Be aware of cars and traffic

A child can often assume that if they see a car, the car can see them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Encourage your child to always be on the safe side and to slow down, assuming that the car hasn’t seen them. If your child sees a car, ask them to make eye contact with the driver so that they can both acknowledge they have seen each other, and then either person can indicate who is to pass first.

In particular, teach your child to be careful when exiting roads and particularly driveways. Children are often excited to set off on their bike, however, they do not anticipate passing traffic, which can lead to a collision.

Ride carefully in adverse weather conditions

Be cautious if it’s wet and windy; a wet road or pavement can increase risk of slipping or skidding. Just like a car, a wet surface can delay the brake response. Equally to cold weather conditions, it’s important to ride a bike safely on a hot Summer’s day, especially if the sun is beaming down; your child will need adequate sun protection to prevent their skin from burning.

Stick to cycle lanes

Where possible, stick to cycle lanes and ride with ongoing traffic. If you’re riding together, cycle behind your child so that you can see them and guide them throughout the journey.

It’s never too early to teach your child road traffic signals. Give them a breakdown of traffic light colours, what they mean and howto signal if they are turning left or right.

Riding a bike is an exhilarating experience for children and as a parent, you will only feel proud once they are confident enough to ride without your guidance. Feel assured following our tips of bike safety for children so you can both get the best experience from cycling.

Top bike safety tips for kids

  • Stay alert, be aware of traffic and pedestrians
  • Make sure that the bike is suitable for use:
    • Check the tyres have enough air pressure
    • Ensure the handlebars are at the right height
    • The saddle is comfortable and secure
    • Test that the breaks work
  • Wear a helmet that fits well
  • Attach reflective gear onto your bike to increase visibility
  • Adjust how you ride based on weather conditions