School is almost out, summer is here, and it’s time to think about bike safety for kids since mine will want to be outside on their ride ons! Joovy graciously sent me their new Noodle bike helmet to keep my kids noggins safe!
As adults most of us know about bike safety. We know to wear a helmet and obey traffic laws. It’s importance for us to take bike safety seriously so our kids will learn from example.
Bike Safety for Kids
Wear a helmet. Kids should wear a bike helmet for kids like the Joovy Noodle whether they are in a ride in car, on a tricycle, balance bike or dirt bike. Any bike. The helmet should fit properly. I love the Noodle because not only is it designed for children 1 – 4 years old with a head size between 18.5 – 20.5 inches (47-52 cm). It also comes in 5 fun colors to encourage your child to wear their favorite.
Never wear a hat under a bike helmet. The Noodle should be worn level and cover your child’s forehead. The straps should always be fastened. Make sure the straps are adjusted so they’re snug enough that you can’t pull or twist the helmet.
The Joovy Noodle has 14 air vents, integrated bug mesh in the front vents, extended visor for maximum protection, nylon straps, pinch guard chin strap, and an adjustable fit dial.
Where to Ride
Well, obviously the kids wearing the Noodle are too young to be in the street, or in many cases even on the sidewalk with mom or dad. But if Mom’s pushing in the Tricyoo – they should have on a bike helmet. Even if they are riding in your bike trailer, they should have their Noodles on.
No matter where you ride on the sidewalk or road, you need to keep an eye out for cars and trucks. Even if you’re just riding on sidewalk, a car may pull out of its driveway into the path of your child’s bike. I’ve would even have them be cautious in your own driveway – I have people pull in to mine to turn around all of the time!
Follow the rules of the road
Make sure to top and check for traffic in both directions when leaving your driveway, an alley, or a curb, this is true even if you’re pushing your little one on a bike or pulling a wagon (and yes, they should probably be wearing a Noodle in the wagon if you’re out on the sidewalk or crossing the road.)
Cross at intersections. When you pull out between parked cars, drivers can’t see you coming.Walk your bike across busy intersections using the crosswalk and following traffic signals – this means stopping at all stop signs!
Ride on the right-hand side of the street, single file, so you travel in the same direction as cars do. Never ride against traffic – it’s not safe! Teach your kids to use bike lanes or designated bike routes wherever they can.
Obviously this isn’t a complete list of tips for bike safety for kids. But it’s a start! Lead by example – wear a helmet when you ride, so that when it’s time for them to ride their big wheel, there won’t be a fight putting the Noodle on their Noggin!
How do you encourage your kids to be safe on their bikes?
Disclosure: I received the above product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received and the opinion here is my own. In compliance with the Joovy Mom program, this product will be donated to charity or a child in need once we are finished using it. This post contains affiliate links.