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How to Keep Kids Safe on Bicycles

By Lependorf & Silverstein on February 9, 2015

Spring is just around the corner in New Jersey, which means that kids will be hitting the streets and sidewalks of Princeton, Plainsboro, and surrounding areas in order to stretch their legs and enjoy the fresh air. Since your children have probably grown a great deal over the winter, now is a good time to get their bicycles out of storage and make sure everything is ready for them once the snow melts.

To help your kids stay safe on their bicycles, include them in the process of preparing their bicycles for spring riding. You’ll teach them valuable skills and help them see why safety matters.

First, check each child’s bicycle helmet to be sure it still fits properly. Replace helmets that don’t fit, that are cracked or warped, or that have cut or frayed straps.

Next, make sure your child’s bicycle still fits your child. Have the child stand over the bicycle. Make sure there are at least 2-3 inches between the child’s body and the top bar of the bicycle, that the seat is level front to back, and that it is high enough to allow a slight bend in the knee when the child’s leg is fully extended. The handlebars should be level with the seat on most bicycles.

Finally, check the tires, brakes, and reflectors to make sure nothing is broken and all the pieces work as they are supposed to.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our experienced New Jersey bicycle accident lawyers are dedicated to fighting on behalf of every client we represent. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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