September 20, 2006
Kids Health Website Gives Advice to Young Cyclists
Kids Health is a comprehensive, and informative, website that describes itself this way:
KidsHealth is the largest and most visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. KidsHealth has been on the Web since 1995 - and has been accessed by about 250,000,000 visitors. On a typical weekday, more than 350,000 people access KidsHealth's reliable information.
It has sections for Kids, Teens, and Parents.
In the KIDS Section I found a discussion of Bicycle Safety that talks to kids about helmet use, appropriate clothing, where to ride, road rules, and hand signals ( shown in pictures ).
The TEENS Section version of the same discusion that includes a section on picking the right bike. ;-D
The PARENTS Section has several articles related to Bicycling:
The Bike Safety article discusses riding with young children, trailers, child seats, trailer-cycles, and tandems, buying a safe bike, helmet safety, clothing, learning to ride, maintaining your childs bike, and making safety a family affair.
My advice to parents is to let these articles be your, and your kids, introduction to the issues under discussion, and to then explore the resources, in my sidebar, for more info on helmet use, cycling safety, and the best places to ride, among many other topics.
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