There are many benefits to riding a bike: it’s fun, great exercise, and it’s good for the environment. Tips for safe cycling include wearing the proper safety equipment, and following the rules of the road.
Finding the right helmet
Head injuries are the most common cause of serious injury and death in kids involved in bicycle accidents. A head injury can permanently change the way a child walks, talks, plays and thinks. Wearing a helmet is the best way to prevent serious injury or death.
Here are a few tips to remember when finding a helmet that fits. The helmet should:
Have no cracks.
Sit on your forehead so that it is two finger-lengths away from your eyebrows.
Sit so that the straps form a 'v' under your ears.
Be tightened so that there is room for you to fit one finger under the chin strap.
For a demonstration on how to fit a helmet check out the video 'Bike Helmet Fit Test' from the Safe Kids Worldwide
For more information on bike safety topics, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Check out the 'Young Cyclist's Guide' and 'Cycling Skills: Ontario's Guide to Safe Cycling'.