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Bicycle / In-Line Skating / Skateboarding Safety - Prevention

Bicycling, in-line skating and skateboarding have many health benefits: They improve balance, strengthen the heart, lung and leg muscles, and burn calories. You and your child can get lifelong pleasure out of bike riding, in-line skating and skateboarding, but it’s important to instill good safety habits in your children before you let them roll away.

Bike safety tips

Bike safety rules to follow

Follow these safety rules to help make sure your bike ride is injury-free:

Buying the right bicycle

It is important to ride a bike that is the right size for you. Be sure it’s not too big or too hard to ride. You should be able to put the balls of your feet on the ground when sitting on the seat.

Buying the right helmet

Helmets come in a variety of sizes, styles, colors and prices. Whatever helmet you decide to buy, be sure it’s approved by US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Approved helmets will have a label on the inside of the helmet showing it meets strict safety standards. 

Some helmets are multi-sport, which can be used for in-line-skating, skateboarding, bicycling or other wheel sports. Helmets specifically called "bicycle helmets" are designed only for biking.

Be sure the helmet fits correctly

Your helmet fits properly if:

In-line skates safety

Even experienced in-line skaters can crash and be injured. Please follow these tips to stay safe while skating:

Skateboards safety

When riding a skateboard, please follow these skateboard safety tips:

Skateboards should never be used on the street. Even experienced skateboarders can fall, so learning how to fall safely can help keep you from being seriously injured.

Reviewed by: Gina Duchossois
Date: December 2011

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