Bicycle/Wheel Safety Tips
Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg recommends that riders of bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards or scooters abide by all NC laws and local ordinances.
- Wear a helmet! Make sure the helmet fits and your kids know how to put it on correctly. Ensure your child wears a helmet correctly every time they are biking, skating, skateboarding, or riding a scooter. Make sure and wear your helmet, too!
- The helmet should meet or exceed the safety standards set by the US Consumer Safety Product commission or those developed by ASTM, ANSI, or Snell.
- The helmet should fit comfortably and snugly but not too tightly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward and backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly. Safe Kids recommends the “Eyes, Ears and Mouth” test: The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows, the straps should form a “V” just below the ear lobe, the buckle should be flat against the skin and the strap should feel snug when the rider’s mouth is open. If you need additional information on how to fit your helmet, please visit www.cpsc.gov/KIDS/kidsafety/correct.html
- Remember bike helmets are for riding bikes and other human-powered wheels. Kids should not wear bike helmets on the playground (where the straps can get caught on equipment and cause injury) or for activities that require specialized helmets (such as skiing or football). Bike helmets are appropriate for roller skating, inline skating and skateboarding without aerial stunts, and for use with non- motorized scooters..
- Obey all traffic laws. Teach your child the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against; stop at all stop signs and stop lights; and look both ways before entering a street.
- Watch for traffic at driveways and around parked cars. Teach children to be extra careful around driveways and that they can walk with their bike when nervous about traffic or tired.
- Ride only in daylight. Use retro-reflective material at all times, on clothing, bikes, scooters, etc.
- Supervise your children. Activities should be restricted to sidewalks and paths until a child is age 10 and able to show how well they ride and observe rules of the road. Supervision is essential until the skills and safety judgment levels are reached by the child.
Bicycle Safety Rodeos
Bicycle Rodeos are Bicycle Safety Education Programs, designed to allow for “fun while learning safety.” Bicycle Rodeos reduce the chance of Charlotte Mecklenburg losing one more child due to bicycle related injuries or death. At a Safe Kids Bicycle Rodeo, Safe Kids members teach “rules of the road,” as well as proper helmet usage for the public. Bicycle Rodeos are a Free Bicycle Safety Education service offered to the public. A rodeo is not a free bike or helmet give-a-way program. Involvement by the participant is required during a rodeo. Safe Kids accepts requests for Bicycle Safety Rodeos from Safe Kids members, primarily Police Bicycle Officers. To request a bike rodeo program, contact our members involved with safety .
Helmet and Safety Materials Program
Qualified organizations can request helmets and additional materials from NC DOT
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