May is National Bike Month and this year the Seattle Fire Department is highlighting bicycle safety. Riding a bicycle is fun and a great way to get exercise and commute to school or work. Unfortunately, every year, thousands of people are injured because of bicycle-related accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 500,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency rooms from bicycle-related accidents. Children are at a higher risk for being injured on a bicycle and make up around 59% of those injured.
A few basic things you can do to be safe on a bike:
- Follow the rules of the road
- Always wear a helmet
- Bike with lights if you are riding at night.
How to properly fit a child’s bike helment:
Watch this video to learn how to do the “eyes, ears, mouth test” to make sure your child’s bike helmet fits correctly.
The resources below provide more tips on safe biking: