bicycle safety tips

Help set your kids up for a great ride by making sure they have all the right equipment in place.


Wearing a Properly Fitted Helmet

  • Adjust sizing pads or fit ring until the helmet is snug
  • Position the helmet level on their head, covering the forehead
  • Make sure it’s not tipped backward or forward
  • Adjust the side straps so they form a “V” shape under and slightly in front of their ears
  • Center the buckle on the chin strap under their chin
  • Buckle and tighten the chin strap until it is snug


Bicycle is Adjusted to Fit Their Size

  • Have your kids stand straddling the top bar of their bike so that both feet are flat on the ground; there should be 1 to 3 inches of space between them and the top bar
  • The bike seat should be level front to back
  • The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended
  • The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat


Bicycle is Functional

  • Make sure their seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly
  • Check the brakes to be sure they work well and aren’t sticking
  • Check the tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure

Adapted from the National Safety Council