Bike and Wheeled Sports Safety

Bike and Wheeled Sports Safety
Bike and Wheeled
Sports Safety
Bikes cause more childhood injuries
than any other consumer product
except cars.
Always wear a helmet on
every ride.
Buy a bike that fits right. Check
it often to make sure it’s safe.
Make sure drivers can see you.
Learn and follow the rules of
the road.
For more information, contact:
Donna Kalanick, RN
Injury Prevention Coordinator
Trauma Services
(208) 625-5722
Kootenai Health
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
In partnership with:
Wear a Helmet, Every Ride
Ways to Get Your Child
to Wear a Helmet, Every Ride
Get a helmet. Today, helmets cost less and are more
comfortable. When worn, bicycle helmets cut the risk
of severe brain damage by up to 88%.
Make it a habit from the first time your child rides a
tricyle, bike or roller skates. Be sure he or she wears a
helmet every time.
Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled
sports activities.
Enforce the simple rule: “No helmet, No
bike.” (or skateboard, or roller skates, or
• A bike helmet that
fits well should be
worn when roller
skating, inline
skating or riding a
Explain that riding on wheels can be fun
but dangerous, too and wearing a helmet
can keep him from badly hurting his
Let your child pick out the helmet so he
or she is more likely to wear it.
• For skateboarding
and longboarding,
a skateboarding helmet is best.
Wear one yourself. Remember: a child is more likely
to wear her helmet when you do too!
Before the Ride
Buy a bicycle that is the right size for your child
— not one he or she will “grow into.” Bring him
along to the bike shop for the right fit.
Place reflectors on the front,
back and sides of the bike,
skates or scooter.
Check often to be sure that:
• reflectors are secure
• brakes work well
• gears shift smoothly
• tires are on tight and
properly inflated.
Consider clothes with reflective materials to help
drivers spot kids on wheels.
Take the helmet fit test:
Eyes: Put the helmet on your head. Look
up. You should see the bottom rim of the
Ears: Make sure the straps form a ‘V’
under your ears when buckled. The straps
should be a little tight but comfortable.
Mouth: Open your mouth as wide as you
can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not,
tighten the straps.
Reminders for Adults, Lessons to Teach Children
Always follow the safety rules and traffic laws.
Use hand signals when turning.
Ride right: Bikes travel with traffic,
not against it. Ride on the righthand side of the road.
Before you cross a street:
• Bicycling on the street can be
safe for older children, especially
where there are bike lanes.
• Children who are 10 years or
older, and mature and skilled
enough to make safe decisions,
should be taught how to ride in bike
Children should only ride or skate in good
weather and during the day. They should stay on
sidewalks and paths – not roads – until age 10.
• use a crosswalk if you can
• stop and look:
• if a car or truck is coming,
wait until they are gone before
you start to cross.
Watch for uneven surfaces
while riding or skating (potholes,
cracks, rocks, railroad tracks,
storm grates).
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