A new bicycle remains a traditional favorite gift for kids for birthdays, Christmas, or other special events. But the responsibility of having a bicycle and the safety rules that apply should be taught to a child as a condition of riding it once the immediate excitement of receiving the bike is past. Parents need to take an active role with bike safety to ensure the trip doesn't result in harmful--even tragic—results, whether it is pedaling their way to school or just to a friend's house down the street. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control indicates that each year more than a half-million people nationwide are treated in emergency rooms, and more than 700 people die, as a result of bicycle related injuries. In part because the population age is the one often riding bikes, and children 15 years and younger account for almost 60 percent of all bicycle-related accidents, they are at a particularly high risk. Make certain the bike is well-maintained and in good riding condition. Parents should regularly check a bike to ensure the tires are aired up appropriately, the seat is on solid and straight, handlebars are in the correct position, and the chain is in proper condition. Remember that kids often routinely lay down their bikes or tumble, and those actions can cause damage to the bicycle.

Student bike safety

Because the belief is that they will not be utilized for a long period, many bikes for toddlers and youngsters are made inexpensively, especially the training wheels. Many a young kid has taken a terrible tumble for a bike in which a training wheel literally falls off, often delaying the child's interest or desire to ride a bike out of fear the training wheel could come off again. Parents sometimes make the mistake of "buying up" a bike in size with the premise their kid will grow into it soon enough. Riding it will create bike safety concerns until the kid can properly sit and balance on the seat and touch the ground while he logic sounds reasonable.  The bicycle should have a headlight visible for 500 feet as well as rear reflectors in case a kid must be out after dark. Bicyclists should always wear appropriate shoes. Many bike safety accidents occur because young riders are wearing sandals, flip flops or even riding with bare feet. Practice the route before the start of school and know where any crossing guards or help might be in case your kid rides a bike to school or home. Require a phone call once the child arrives in case a younger child is riding a bike to a neighbor home and you are not monitoring the ride personally. Drill your child of appropriate bike safety rules. If possible, have your child attend a bike safety class. The often-called bike rodeos provide an excellent training opportunity for kids. Be sure your kid rides with traffic, is aware of motorists, and obeys all traffic laws. Be sure your kid knows not to stop and talk with anyone they do not know personally for their own personal safety.