In 2010 about 117 children attended Jersey's Accident & Emergency Department because of a bicycle accident. Nearly half because of an arm injury and one third an injury to their head.
Supporting and helping your child will reduce their risk of a bicycle accident. Wearing a helmet every time you go out on your bike will encourage your child to wear one too!
Tips for your child to be bike safe
- get trained and keep control
- wear a helmet
- be seen and heard
- check your bike
- be alert and plan your route
- wear something bright
Check the bike
You need to keep your bike well maintained and in good working order. Carry out regular checks to make sure that:
- lights and reflectors work and are kept clean
- tyres are in good condition and inflated to the pressure shown on the tyre
- gears are working correctly
- the chain is properly adjusted and oiled
- the saddle and handlebars are adjusted to the correct height
- the brakes work properly
Bicycle training is important and ranges for basic skills right up to advanced.
Level 1 - a six hour parent run cycle proficiency primary school course for year 6 students
Level 2 - an eight hour Road Safety Officer on-road course for children aged 10+ running throughout the year
Level 3 - a Road Safety Officer course teaching advanced skills with no age limit