- Wear the right clothing. Not only do you want to be comfortable, and weather appropriate, but bright clothes are recommended. Particularly when cycling around dusk and in the winter months.
- Fluorescent and reflective clothing is also essential when cycling in low light. This can be a vest, sash or even a cover for a backpack.
- Light up your bike. Especially in the winter months it is vital that your child and bike are appropriately visible. This may involve buying some front and rear lights to fix to the bike or a kids bicycle helmet which has a light on the back.
- Always wear a properly fitted cycle helmet. Correctly fitted helmets can reduce to risk of head injuries by at least 45%. For more information on choosing the right children's bike helmets and measuring your kids head size, follow this link.
- Adding a bell or horn to your kids bike can be another safety feature. You may not be cycling on busy roads, but it is good practice to get your child used to using a bell or horn to notify pedestrians or cars of their presence.
Know the Road
- Knowing the area is key when starting your kids on the roads. This might be making sure they know where the busy areas, dangerous junctions, and blind corners are.
- Knowing where bike lanes, advanced stop lines at traffic lights and appropriate places to lock up your bike are also really helpful.
- Basic hand signals are another quick an easy way to ensure bike safety for kids.
Many schools are now encouraging students to take part in Bikeability, the government-recognized, practical and professional training programme for kids. Offering three stages of training, Bikeability ensures that kids are more skilled and confident once they’ve taken part.