Bikes cause more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except cars.

  • Always wear a helmet on every ride.
  • Buy a bike that fits right. Check it often to make sure it’s safe.
  • Make sure drivers can see you.
  • Learn and follow the rules of the road.

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Wear a Helmet,
Every Ride

Get a helmet. Today, helmets cost less and are more comfortable. When worn, bicycle helmets cut the risk of severe brain damage by up to 88%.
Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled sports activities.

    • A bike helmet that fits well should be worn when roller skating, inline skating or riding a scooter.
    • For skateboarding and longboarding, a skateboarding helmet is best.

Ways to Get Your Child to Wear a Helmet, Every Ride

Make it a habit from the first time your child rides a tricycle, bike or roller skates. Be sure he or she wears a helmet every time.
Enforce the simple rule: “No helmet, No bike.” (or skateboard, or roller skates, or scooter.)
Explain that riding on wheels can be fun but dangerous, too and wearing a helmet can keep him from badly hurting his head.
Let your child pick out the helmet so he or she is more likely to wear it.
Wear one yourself. Remember: a child is more likely to wear her helmet when you do too!

Child on bike wearing a helmet

Before you Ride

Buy a bicycle that is the right size for your child — not one he or she will “grow into.” Bring him along to the bike shop for the right fit.
Place reflectors on the front, back and sides of the bike, skates or scooter.
Check often to be sure that:

    • reflectors are secure
    • brakes work well
    • gears shift smoothly
    • tires are on tight and properly inflated.

Consider clothes with reflective materials to help drivers spot kids on wheels.
Take the helmet fit test (see diagram):

Measure helmet with eyes

Eyes: Put the helmet on your head. Look up. You should see the bottom rim of the helmet.

Measure helmet with ears

Ears: Make sure the straps form a ‘V’ under your ears when buckled. The straps should be a little tight but comfortable.

Measure helmet by opening mouth

Mouth: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Does the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten the straps.

Reminders for Adults, Lessons to Teach Children

Always follow the safety rules and traffic laws.
Ride right: Bikes travel with traffic, not against it. Ride on the righthand side of the road.

    • Bicycling on the street can be safe for older children, especially where there are bike lanes.
    • Children who are 10 years or older, and mature and skilled enough to make safe decisions, should be taught how to ride in bike lanes.

Children should only ride or skate in good weather and during the day. They should stay on sidewalks and paths – not roads – until age 10.
Use hand signals when turning.
Before you cross a street:

    • use a crosswalk if you can
    • stop and look: LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT AGAIN
    • if a car or truck is coming, wait until they are gone before you start to cross

Watch for uneven surfaces while riding or skating (potholes, cracks, rocks, railroad tracks, storm grates).

Family of four on bikes wearing helmets

Bike Helmet Size Guide

How to Measure

Measure your head circumference by wrapping a flexible tape measure around the largest portion of your head—about one inch above your eyebrows.

The VRFA sells custom-fit bike helmets for a reduced cost for VRFA residents only. Inventory is limited. Please call ahead for our available sizes: 253-288-5800

Size Head Measurement (CM)
Toddler 46-52 cm
Small 52-57 cm
Medium 54-58 cm
Large 58-62 cm
Extra Large 59-63 cm