Learning to ride a bike is an essential part of any childhood. For children and parents alike, it can create magical memories that last a lifetime.
Of course, the key to ensuring this special time sticks in the mind for all the right reasons is to ensure it is done safely. Learning to ride a bike can be extremely exciting. However, it can also be catastrophically dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t taken.
What are the safety essentials for learning to ride a bike?
When it comes to equipment, there are a number of non-negotiable items you need to ensure children’s safety. They include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Helmet: The undisputed number one safety accessory for cyclists of any age is, of course, the helmet. Ensuring your child wears one will keep them safe whilst learning to ride a bike. Furthermore, it helps get them into good safety habits for the future. When it comes to helmets, don’t take any shortcuts. Buy from reputable cycling stores and always ask for advice if you aren’t sure. You simply can’t put a price on your child’s safety.
- Stabilisers: These are essential for enabling your child to master their technique without constantly falling off. They also help children build and develop cycling confidence before taking the plunge of just using 2 wheels.
- Reflectors: Of course, you are unlikely to be teaching your child to ride a bike in the dark. However, this is an important safety tip to learn. Like wearing a helmet, it helps encourage good cycling safety habits as they grow up.
Can I claim if my child is hurt whilst learning to ride a bike?
In some circumstances, you may be due compensation if your child is hurt when learning to ride a bike. Your eligibility to claim depends on who is liable for the accident. For example, if the accident occurs because the bike was poorly put together and breaks, you may have a case. Similarly, if your child is hurt by a safety hazard in a public place, you may have a claim to make.
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Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice