The feeling of complete freedom and a soft breeze blowing through your hair as you bike down a path on a peaceful sunny day is hard to resist for adults and kids alike. Bike riding offers a great way to have fun, exercise and appreciate the outdoors. But before you jump on and get ready to pedal, here are a few tips so you and your family can have fun and bike safely.
Reducing your risk of head injuries and death by 45% when bike riding isn’t too complicated; it’s as easy as choosing to wear the single most effective safety device: a properly-fitted helmet. According to www.safekids.org, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, even though properly-fitted helmets are important safety gear, less than half of children 14 and younger usually wear a bike helmet. If your child doesn’t usually wear a helmet, you need to express the importance of it to them; no matter their age, they need to wear one.
The hard part is that helmets aren’t one-size-fits-all. Here are some pointers to help you make sure you’re choosing the right helmet for your child:
Once you have a helmet that properly fits, it’s time to review some bike safety tips with your child. Good bike safety behaviors include:
All it takes is one time riding without a helmet, or crossing an intersection without a driver looking that can result in serious injuries or death. Parvey & Frankel encourage you to bike safely, be on alert and be a responsible role model for children learning about how to be safe. If you have recently been injured in a bike accident due to negligence or the fault of some one who was driving recklessly, contact Parvey & Frankel to fight for you and your right to a peaceful recovery.