Children On Wheels

Kidsafe project

This is about safety regarding children and bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc.

What are some of the dangers concerning the things stated above?

If used incorrectly and/or the proper safety precautions are not taken, riding things such as bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. can potentially harm your child by causing minor or serious injury to themselves or the people around them.

List of safety concerns which relate to this situation.

  • Child could lose balance and hurt themselves.
  • Child could potentially hurt other people if the equipment is used incorrectly/inappropriately.
  • Child could lose control and hurt themselves and others e.g. they might run into objects/people.
  • Child and/or parent could not be paying attention and the child could be injured e.g. they could get hit by a car.

List of safety rules to follow.

  • Always supervise your child.
  • Use safety gear that is well fitted and appropriate.
  • Teach your child how to use the equipment in a safe environment.
  • Make sure that the equipment is the right size for your child.
  • Use the equipment in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Check the equipment regularly for any holes, tears, etc.
  • Make sure that the equipment and child are highly visible.
  • Make sure that the safety gear is fully functional, try not to buy any second hand safety items as they may be ineffective.
  • Make sure the equipment is fully functional before your child uses it.

Strategies to keep your child safe

Programs such as Bike Ed and Ride2School exist to teach young people how to safely ride bikes and encourage the use of them as transport. They are aimed at slightly older children in schools.
If they are too young to participate, supervise them carefully when they are learning how to ride their bike, scooter, skateboard, etc. and make sure that they are wearing safety gear so, if they do fall, they lower their chances of being seriously injured.