If you feel your child is ready, do not hesitate to begin lessons on bicycle safety. Accidents involving bikes that result in death number over 200 each year for children under the age of 15. The number of children requiring professional medical attention for a bike injury is over 300,000 with more than 8,000 of those youngsters requiring hospitalization.
It's believed that the figures would more than double if kids did not use bicycle helmets. No matter how much your child may complain and protest, they must wear a protective helmet when they ride a bike.
If you are going to teach your child to ride a bike, make sure the lesson begins with teaching bike safety. Kids who are in preschool or even younger can learn some important lessons about bike safety. Start with the easiest lesson of all. Wear your bike helmet every time you ride and remember your child that a bicycle helmet is your way of protecting yourself.
It's true that preschool age children will not be able to forgive all of the more complex aspects of bike safety, but there are many things that can be learned at this age. In addition to consistent helmet use, mom and dad can drill their kids on the basics of bike safety. Point out safe zones for riding (sidewalks). Stop at every intersection with your bike, look both ways and explain to your child why this is important.
Learning balance is a critical aspect or learning to ride a bicycle, but survival is an even more important skill to learn. Make teaching your child how to avoid a collision a top priority.
These are the recommendations made by the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute:
1. Always stop before riding into the street.
2. Obey stop signs.
3. Check behind you before swerving, turning or changing lanes.
4. Always ride on the right side of the street.
5. Never follow another rider without obeying rules 1-4.
A 3-year-old can definitely learn how to ride a bike. Kids even younger have learned to ride using a balance bike. However, young kids do not have the capacity to understand the danger of the activity. They need you to teach them that lesson.
Make bike safety an important part of every bike riding lessons. Teach them where it is safe to ride, how to stop and make sure they are riding in safe zones free of traffic.
Source by Kellog Vanderhague