Jul 7, 2016, 8:00:10 AM CDT Aug 7, 2023, 12:23:50 PM CDT

Riding a bike to school

Parents of kids that ride a bike to school should go over equipment checks and bike safety steps to help ensure your child's safety.

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For many kids, riding their bike to school is a rite of passage. But even for older children, who may have more experience riding to school, biking can bring risks.

Before your child rides a bike to school, go over these bike riding safety tips, so they're ready to ride safely.

Check your child's bike safety gear

Set your child up to ride a bike safely by performing regular safety checks. Make sure your child:

  • Wears a reflective helmet that fits properly
  • Has a bike that is the right size
  • Has the endurance to ride the bike to school (eating a good breakfast will help)
  • Dresses appropriately in bright, noticeable colors to keep them safe in traffic

Bicycle safety tips for kids

Encourage your child to always ride their bike as safely as possible by following these guidelines:

  • Find a safe route to school. If possible, find both primary and backup bike-friendly routes.
  • If your child has a cell phone, make sure they carry it in case they get lost. Program emergency numbers into 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 they are riding a bike to school.

Benefits of biking to school

There are many benefits of riding a bike to school, including:

  • Building a sense of community with other bikers and classmates
  • Getting exercise
  • Reducing traffic and using less gas
  • Encouraging independence and responsibility

Learn more

Children's Health℠ is here to help as your child prepares for a new year at school. See more tips and advice for making this school year a healthy and happy one.

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