Children shouldn’t be encouraged to ride a 2-wheeler until they are ready–usually at about age 5 or 6. This is an individual decision however, and you should consider the child’s coordination and desire to learn to ride. Choose bicycles with foot brakes until they are coordinated enough to use hand brakes.
Take your child with you when you shop for the bike, so that he or she can try it out. The value of a properly fitting bike far outweighs the value of surprising your child with a new bike.
Let your child try out a new bicycle before you purchase it. This allows you to be sure that the bike is the right size.
Helmets should be mandatory! Your child has to wear a helmet every time that they get onto a bicycle-no matter how short the ride is. Many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths. Be a good example for your child, and protect yourself with a helmet, too.
Be sure that your child’s helmet has a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC safety standard.
Be sure that helmets are the proper size, and are put on properly. A helmet should be worn so that it is level on the head. The strap should be securely fastened, and you should not be able to move the helmet in any direction. If needed, the helmet’s sizing pads can be adjusted to improve the fit.
Skateboard and Scooter Safety:
Skateboards should never be ridden on the street or anywhere near parked or moving cars.
Safety gear is particularly important when riding skateboards. Helmets, properly fitted and secured shoes, and other safety gear should always be worn.
If your town has a skateboard park, this is usually a safer place to ride than alternatives. Do not allow your child to construct ramps or other riding surfaces at home, which can be very dangerous.