For many kids, riding their bike to school is a rite of passage. It means you're one of the big kids, the cool kids. But dangers abound, even for older children, when traveling to school.
In 2011 we had 10 patients sustain injuries that required admission to Children's Health℠ after being hit by a car while riding their bike and one of these children died.
Before your child rides a bike to school, go over these checks and steps:
- Make sure your child wears a helmet that fits properly.
- Make sure the bike is the right size for your child.
- Make sure your child has the endurance to ride the bike to school, eating a good breakfast will help.
- Be sure your child dresses appropriately in bright, noticeable colors to keep him or her safe in traffic.
Bike Safety Steps
- Find a safe route to school. If possible find two bike-friendly routes. One that your student takes most of the time and the second one should be a backup.
- If your child has a cell phone make sure they carry it in case they get lost. Program emergency numbers in the phone for your child.
- Help your child learn, and encourage them to obey, all traffic laws.
- Instruct your child not to ride a bicycle when it's dark, foggy or in other low-visibility conditions.
- Instruct your child to always confirm with you on the days he or she is riding a bike to school.
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