by Alvin Eden, MD
A bicycle is more than just a wonderful new toy for your child. It is
also a piece of equipment that can travel at great speeds and that can
lead to many serious and even fatal injuries, most often when a cyclist is
hit by a car. Your child must be trained in the proper use of his bicycle
before he is allowed to use it.
- Limits must be set on where your child may ride, depending on how old
and mature he is.
- Children below seven years should also be supervised by an adult and
should ride off the street.
- For older children who allowed to ride in the street, the rules of
the road must be followed, which are: always ride with traffic, stop at
all intersections, and before turning use hand signals and look in all
- Children riding bicycles all must wear appropriate helmets. There can
be no exception to this rule.
- Bicycles should be kept in good repair, especially checking the tires
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