As NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said on Bike to School Day, “Helmets are the single most important piece of safety equipment for riders.” While they can’t prevent a crash from happening, “they can prevent a crash from resulting in a serious injury.”
Biking to school involves much more skill than walking. Take time to practice riding skills with your child in a safe place with no traffic such as an empty parking lot. Work on important skills such as starting and stopping, riding in a straight line, looking over your shoulders, and signaling to vehicles.
Ride along streets with low traffic volume and slower speeds. Always ride in the same direction as motorized traffic, and stop at all stop signs and signals. Use your eyes and ears to stay alert to traffic, and NEVER use headphones or cell phones while riding.
Fitting a Bicycle Helmet (Brochure & Video)
Bicycle Safety Tips for Parents, Guardians, and Kids
Be a “Roll Model” for other adults and children: Before riding, make sure you, your family, and bicycles are ready to ride. Follow these safe bike riding tips (PDF 712.89 KB).
Choose Safer Walking and Bicycling Routes
Find out the 10 characteristics of a safe route (PDF 322.39 KB) for walking and biking.
ABC Quick Check
Check out these bike inspection reminders (PDF 671.06 KB) before hitting the road.
Promote Bike Safety
Sponsor bicycle day, week, or month to get your community out riding bicycles for fun or to encourage replacing short car trips with a bike trip. The more bicyclists seen on a routine basis, the more motorists will expect to look for and see bicycle riders.
Prevent Bicycle Crashes: Parent and Caregiver Brochure
Learn about developmental limitations of young bicyclists and find out what you can do to help your child avoid bicycle crashes in this parent and caregiver brochure (PDF 846.38 KB).
Bicycle Helmet Use Laws & Facts
Helmet laws for bicyclists 16 and under exist in 21 States, two territories and the District of Columbia. Learn more about your local helmet laws.
NHTSA Bicycles Web Page
For more information on bicycle safety, visit NHTSA’s Bicycles Web page.
Get to School (and Back) Safely
Creative game board, cards and answer sheet to make bicycle safety fun.
Visual “find-the-hazards” challenge (PDF 969.32 KB) to spark your child’s curiosity about dangers near home and in the public.
Safety Songs for Kids
ABC Quick Check
Bike inspection reminders (PDF 671.06 KB) before hitting the road.
Bicycle Safety Activity Kit
Safety messages for kids four to 11 years old (parents, too), including games and flyers.