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Bicycles

Cycling is a fantastic way of keeping fit and healthy, helping the environment and having fun.

Cycling safely involves wearing the correct reflective clothing, having cycle training and wearing a helmet.

Cycle helmets cannot prevent accidents but a child who is wearing a helmet and is involved in an accident has a much better chance of either being uninjured or receiving a less severe head injury than if they’d not been wearing a helmet.

For the latest statistics and information click here!

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.

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

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

To find out more and details of how to book these courses please click here! and it will link you to www.crash.je.

Cycle helmets cannot prevent accidents but a child who is wearing a helmet and is involved in an accident has a much better chance of either being uninjured or receiving a less severe head injury than if they had not been wearing a helmet.

What is the most important part of your body?

YOUR BRAIN!

So what does your brain do?

EVERYTHING!!

It tells you that you like the taste of chocolate....

you hate the smell of sweaty feet....

and love being able to listen to music.

So, how can you protect your brain when you are on your bike?

It's easy....wear a helmet - every time you ride your bike -

There are 5 simple steps to keeping safe:

  1. Make sure that you have the correct sized helmet.
  2. Your helmet should fit properly and be comfortable to wear, most can be adjusted so that when you shake or nod your head your helmet should stay in place.
  3. A good fit is when the helmet is just above your eyebrows and is not tilted back on your head.
  4. The straps should not be twisted and should form a V shape under the ears, with the plastic clips positioned just under the ears too.
  5. MOST IMPORTANTLY - ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE STRAPS ARE NOT LOOSE AND CLIPPED TOGETHER UNDER THE CHIN.

Hope you enjoy riding your bike!

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