Hundreds of thousands of children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year as a result of bicycle-related injuries. The good news is there are numerous precautions you and your child can take to avoid potential bicycling injuries. Make sure everyone in the family wears a helmet and learns and understands the rules of the road.
Oregon law requires children 15 years of age and younger to wear helmets when riding on skateboards, scooters and in-line skates in public places.
Helmet Fitting Instructions:
Bike Safety Tips – for kids and adults
- Always wear a helmet – no matter what your age. Be sure your helmet fits correctly and is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the SNELL Memorial Foundation or the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). To ensure your helmet fits properly, helmet straps should be tight enough to allow only one finger to fit between your chin and the strap. Make sure the V-shaped straps surround your ears and the helmet covers your forehead. Helmets should not move when you shake your head.
- Replace helmets that have been involved in an accident. Even if it’s not cracked or visibly damaged in any way, consider it defective and replace it.
- Replace helmets every five years.
- Avoid riding at night. If you must ride at night, use a headlight, taillight, reflectors on your pedals and wear bright, reflective clothing.
- Check your bicycle regularly to ensure it is functioning properly.
- Obey all traffic laws, including stop signs, yield signs and traffic lights.
- Follow bicycle traffic rules such as:
- Always ride on the right side of the road.
- Always ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Use proper hand signals to alert cars, cyclists and roller skaters that you intend to make a turn.
- When riding through a curve, ride in single-file, decrease your speed and stay to the side of the road.
- When approaching an intersection, obey traffic signals and walk your bike across the intersection.
- Never ride in between cars, whether they are moving or parked.
- Never ride out from a driveway or hillside.
Suggested Bike Resources
Oregon Safe Routes To School
Bicycle Safety Classes - Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Oregon Bicycle Safety Program
City of Vancouver: Bicycling Resources ad Information