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Children are more at risk for pedestrian injuries because:
Find ways to practice safety during the child's daily activities - walks to the park, store, or school.
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Cycling educational programs are available for children and caregivers through bicycle safety events such as school and community bicycle rodeos and resources such pamphlets and videos. Assistance with developing safe cycling policies and environments are also available to communities.
Tips to parents for safe cycling ensure that children:
Since October 1995, all cyclists under the age of 18 years are required to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle, and the chin strap must be securely fastened under the chin. The use of a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head and brain injury by as much as 85%. Purchase a helmet which meets safety standards. The approval sticker will be inside the helmet and will say CSA (Canadian Standards Association), ANSI (American National Standards Association) or SNELL. Proper Fit Select helmet according to head measurements. Make sure the helmet covers the top of the head and sits level. The front and rear straps should meet just below each ear when tightly adjusted. The chin strap should be snug without pinching. You should be able to slide 2 fingers between the straps and the skin. Use the foam pads included with the helmet so that the helmet will not slide when the head is tilted side to side or front to back.
Bicycle sizing checklist
See your local bicycle shop or call Children's Health Services for written guidelines.
To be safe children must know how to handle their bike in traffic and to use proper judgment. They need to know how to avoid collisions with cars.
The three main causes of bicycle car collisions are:
Children's Health Services has a video available which is helpful to teach children road safety practices. Bicycle safety rodeos are also a good opportunity to review these skills.
Obtain information on cycling paths from your local municipality. Some cycling routes follow quiet ravines while others are in heavy traffic areas. Investigate the cycling paths and bike with your child to determine their ability.
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For problems or questions regarding this site, please email Halton
or dial 311 or 905-825-6000
Toll free 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866) | TTY: 905-827-9833
Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .