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Bike Safety for Youth

Ready to head out on your bike? Before you do, take a look at the following safety rules and tips. Even experienced riders will find useful information to help ensure safe and enjoyable cycling throughout Orange County.

Safety rules and tips

Wear a Helmet

Can you guess which sport sends most kids between ages 5 and 14 to the emergency room? If you guessed biking, you would be right. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more children in that age group wind up in the hospital for bicycle-related injuries than with any other sport, many of them with head injuries. Don’t be one of them!

It’s the Law

Wear a helmet every time you ride. That’s the law in California if you’re under 18. Your helmet is your most important piece of safety equipment. Even if you’re an awesome bike rider, accidents can happen. Be prepared and be safe.

Get a Good Fit

Helmets are so important that the U.S. government has created safety standards for them. Use a helmet that meets the standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the SNELL Standards for Protective Headgear.

Make sure your helmet fits well and never wear a hat underneath. Keep the helmet level and covering your forehead and keep those chin straps fastened. This is important stuff, so ask your parents or someone from the bike shop for help.

Tips for Fitting Your Helmet

  1. Get the correct size. Your helmet size is based on the size of your head, not your age. Get someone to help you measure your head just above your eyebrows. Your helmet should cover your forehead. Don’t push it back – move it down so it’s no more than an inch above your eyebrows.

  2. Adjust the pads. Adjust the foam pads inside the helmet for a snug fit.

  3. Adjust the straps. Your ear straps should form a “V” just below each ear.

  4. Test the fit. Rock your helmet back and forth. The straps should only move one inch.