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Bike safety for children

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Kids gather at a helmet giveaway by Kohl's Cares for Kids at BREC Perkins Road in early January. Kids gather at a helmet giveaway by Kohl's Cares for Kids at BREC Perkins Road in early January.

Help protect your family by making sure:

  • Your child wears an approved bike safety helmet. It will have a sticker inside that certifies if the helmet meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Snell Memorial Foundation and / or the American Standards Institute (ANSI) or is Consumer Product Safety Approved.
  • The bike helmet fits snugly, over the top of your child's forehead, and does not slide around or move from side to side.
  • Your child's bike is the proper size, is in good condition, and has reflectors. Make certain the tires are inflated and brakes are in good working order.
  • Your child knows to keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times while riding.
  • Your child does not allow a friend to ride double.
  • Only young children who can sit well unsupported and whose necks can support wearing bike helmets ride in rear-mounted seat carriers. We recommend at least one year of age.
  • An infant who cannot hold up his head when wearing a small helmet should not ride on a bike or in a trailer.
  • Children do not ride bikes in the street until they are able to identify and respond appropriately to traffic dangers.
  • Your child knows traffic laws. Bicyclists must obey these same laws.
  • Your child knows to stop and look left-right-left before entering a road, and know to always walk their bike across an intersection.
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