Bicycle Safety

bicycle safety bubbleSafe Kids York County recommends that riders of bicycles, in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards or scooters abide by all South Carolina laws and local ordinances.

Wear a helmet!  Make sure the helmet fits and your kids know how to put it on correctly.  Ensure your child wears a helmet correctly every time they are biking, skating, skateboarding, or riding a scooter. Make sure and wear your helmet, too!

The helmet should meet or exceed the safety standards set by the US Consumer Safety Product commission or those developed by ASTM, ANSI, or Snell.

The helmet should fit comfortably and snuggly but not too tightly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward and backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly. Safe Kids recommends the “Eyes, Ears and Mouth” test: The rim of the helmet should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows, the straps should form a “V” just below the ear lobe, the buckle should be flat against the skin and the strap should feel snug when the rider’s mouth is open.

Bike Helmet Safety

Remember bike helmets are for riding bikes and other human-powered wheelsKids should not wear bike helmets on the playground (where the straps can get caught on equipment and cause injury) or for activities that require specialized helmets (such as skiing or football). Bike helmets are appropriate for roller skating, inline skating and skateboarding without aerial stunts, and for use with non- motorized scooters..

Bike Safety Tips

Obey all traffic laws. Teach your child the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against; stop at all stop signs and stop lights; and look both ways before entering a street.


Watch for traffic at driveways and around parked cars. Teach children to be extra careful around driveways and that they can walk with their bike when nervous about traffic or tired.

Ride only in daylight. Use retro-reflective material at all times, on clothing, bikes, scooters, etc.

Supervise your children. Activities should be restricted to sidewalks and paths until a child is age 10 and able to show how well they ride and observe rules of the road. Supervision is essential until the skills and safety judgment levels are reached by the child.

Bike Safety Tips & Statistics

  • A child who rides with companions wearing helmets or adults in general is more likely to wear a helmet himself. 
  •  Compared to older children, younger children are more likely to wear helmets.A child who rides with companions wearing helmets or adults in general is more likely to wear a helmet himself. 
  • Compared to older children, younger children are more likely to wear helmets.
  • A majority (75 percent) of  vehicle-related bike injuries occur during the warm-weather months of April through September. 
  • Approximately 60 percent of vehicle-related bicycle deaths among children (15 and under) occur at non-intersection locations. 
  • On weekdays, 43 percent of vehicle-related bicycle deaths and 52 percent of vehicle-related bike injuries occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. On weekends, almost 45 percent of deaths occur between 6 p.m. and midnight.

“First we want to say “Thank You” for those who worked the @[153727938053514:274:Safe Kids York County] Bike Rodeo at the @[357508715333:274:Piedmont Medical Center] Healthy Hometown at the @[106188849406039:274:South Carolina Strawberry Festival – Fort Mill, SC] in Fort Mill Saturday. We had such a great day!!! We broke a record by giving away 420 properly fitted helmets! Our volunteers where beyond awesome because we were done by 2pm!! So thank you to the 3 teen volunteers from Fort Mill HS, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast, Tommy and Christina Elkins and kids, PMC ER Tech Mandi Whiteside and kids, and Paramedic Leanne Shipman. You guys made a difference with so many children. We watched the huge smiles on the kids’ faces and with helmet fittings we observed so much laughter and safety conversations shared and to the many laps around the track! David Loftin and Robert White, Co-Chairs want to say “Job well done team” because we could not have done it without YOU! Even those not there, I know you still contributed in many other forms – thank you! Our Kids thank you! Thank you to Piedmont Medical Center for donating the 420 helmets we give away!”

From 2013 – Bike Rodeo SC Strawberry Festival, posted by Safe Kids York County on 5/06/2014 (7 items)

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