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Bicycle Safety

A good start is to pick out an appropriate sized bicycle. A sizing chart is a simple tool that can be used.  Below are two charts that can help you select the correct size bicycle. The first chart is based on height & the second one is based on leg inseam.

It is also important that your actually watch your child take a test ride on the bike before you purchase it.  Be sure your child is able to ride it in a controlled, safe manner and then complete the sale.

Additional Tips

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.
  2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
  3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road.
  4. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.    
  5. Make yourselves visible.  Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
  6. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own.