The questions and answers in this brochure are designed to help you, as a parent, to make healthy and safe choices for your children.
Bike helmets prevent injury to the head and brain. The head is the most commonly injured part of the body in bike crashes. By wearing a bike helmet, you decrease the risk of head injury.
Look for the label that says the helmet meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Standards or those developed by ASTM, SNELL or ANSI that is fitted for your child’s head size.
There are several ways to get children to wear helmets.
Elbow and knee pads can provide additional protection from injury.
Both. Reflectors and a light are very important, especially when riding at dusk. Reflectors should be on both wheels, and on the back of the seat. A light can be mounted on the handlebars. Keep in mind, night riding is not allowed in Ohio unless a bicycle has reflectors and a light.
White or light-colored clothing are easiest to see. Neon strips placed on clothing may also help the cyclist to be seen at night or at dusk. Night riding should not be allowed for young children and youth, especially where there is high-speed traffic.
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