Important Safety Rules for Kids’ Cycling

You should read this list of safety rules for your kids’ cycling trips first. You can just summarize these rules on their next biking trips. But for their first trips, you should be as detailed as possible. You want to avoid doubts in their minds about the importance of staying safe on their bikes.


Listing Down the Safety Rules for Cycling

Your first step should be to list down the safety rules for your kids. You can recite it from memory, of course, but you may forget many of them. Your kids will also be able to ask detailed questions when they have a list as reference.

You may or may not discuss the entirety of the list on the next trips. You can post it on the refrigerator door as a reminder for the kids.

Start with the Bike Checks

Your kids will likely get on their bikes without checking their road-worthiness. You have to warn them about the consequences of their carelessness. You want them to be responsible for their property and well-being, too. The basic bike checks that kids can do include:

  • Ensure that the tires are properly inflated.
  • Test the chain’s completeness.
  • Examine the wheels’ smooth revolution.

When your kids know these bike checks, you can teach them basic bike repairs next. The gradual progression of learning will serve them well as advanced riders.

Follow with the Right Gear

Your kids’ next step should be to wear the right gear. You have to invest in the right gear, too, to encourage them to wear the helmets, clothes and shoes.

  • A snug helmet. Kids should always wear a helmet even on short rides around the neighborhood. Studies have shown that helmets can reduce the risks of fatal head injuries in case of accidents.
  • You have to show them the proper way of wearing a helmet. The helmet should sit comfortably on the head and the straps are strapped in well. You should give them weather-appropriate helmets, too.
  • A pair of biking shoes. Your kids can wear their sneakers when biking on paved roads. But when country roads or mountain paths are involved, you have to insist on the right biking shoes.
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    Test the chain’s completeness.
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    A biking kit. Your kids may also ride their bikes in their street clothes. Your job is to check that their street clothes will not increase their risks for bike accidents.
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    Jeans and shorts are acceptable but their hems shouldn’t be in the way of the pedals and chain. Shirts should have a comfortable fit. But for longer rides, an appropriate biking kit is a must. Your kids should wear weather-appropriate bike jerseys, shorts, and jackets.

A word about biking clothes. You should check that the kids’ clothes can be seen in near-dark conditions. These include at dawn or dusk, at night, and in foul weather.

Your best bets: Bright colors in neon and fluorescent fabrics. You can also invest in kids’ bike clothing with reflective tape and markings. You should also ask your kids to wear sunglasses with ultraviolet protection.

This is true in both summer and winter since the sun’s rays can affect their on-bike performance. And don’t forget the sunscreen! Your kids’ skin should have protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. You can even ask them to bring along a tube of sunscreen for longer rides.

Set Down the Safety Rules

You have to discuss the safety rules with your kids on a regular basis. This is true even when they have progressed from basic to intermediate skills. You cannot be complacent about their biking safety because it has its risks, too.

  • Control your bike at all times. You should always keep one of your hands on the handlebars. You can carry your things on a backpack or in a bike carrier. 
  • Avoid riding at night. You will be at higher risks for accidents at night because the darkness makes it harder to see. In case night riding cannot be avoided, be sure to wear a neon bike kit. Your bike should also be equipped with reflectors on the front and rear.
  • Always be alert for road hazards. These include broken glass, potholes, puddles and animals. You can get into a crash even by tripping over a small stone. You and your friends should alert each other about the road hazards.
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    Follow the rules of the road at all times! Your bike is a vehicle and not a toy.
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    Obey all the traffic laws in the area. These include traffic lights and signs, lane markings, and intersections.
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    Stay alert at all times. You have to use your eyes and ears in assessing every situation. You can leave your headphones at home for this reason.
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    Go with the flow of traffic. This mean riding on the right in the same direction as the motorized vehicles. Better yet, use the bike lane for added safety.
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    Be predictable in your moves. You have to ride in a straight line, not weave in and out of cars. You should signal your next move to others (e.g., “left” when turning to your left) when in a group.
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    Yield to traffic, when needed. The general rule: Drivers on a smaller road should wait for drivers on a larger road. You have to slow down to see if the way is clear before merging with the traffic. You should also yield to pedestrians who are already on the crosswalk.
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    Look before turning in either direction. You have to look behind your back for a break in traffic. You should make the signal before turning.
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    Ride farther away from the curb. You want to avoid the actions of drivers in parked cars. You can slam into an opening door, for example.

Riding on the road or on the sidewalk depends on the child’s age. For children 10 years old and below, the sidewalk is the safer place.

Final Words

The adoption of biking safety rules in the family starts with the parents. You have to educate yourself first about these rules before teaching them to your kids. You should also teach them by example.

As your kids progress in their biking skills, you have to change the safety rules, too. You can expect them to be more responsible for their own safety as well. Your job will change from being a concerned parent to a biking buddy.

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