What is the boy or girl who has not asked for a bicycle for his birthday, for Christmas, etc.? The bicycle is one of the favorite gifts of children. But do we know how to use it to make it safe? Going out to ride a bicycle in a city where four-wheelers rule can sometimes be dangerous, especially if we go with children.
In many countries we still lack a global awareness of cycling and we still use this vehicle as a means of transportation to exercise and to enjoy riding during our leisure time.
Put the helmet on your son when he goes on a bike
For this reason, more and more municipalities have cycle paths for the enjoyment of bicycle lovers. Precisely this weekend, we have met many parents and children with new bicycles on these bike paths. The families have done everything possible to avoid the rain andshow off our children's brand new bicycles.
However, I have noticed that most children were not well equipped with the proper safety guards. No helmet, no knee pads, no elbow pads. Probably because the bike did not come with the safety kit as a gift. While adult hobbyists don't forget their helmet or padded pants to get on a bike, profane parents in the matter continue to ride their offspring on the bicycle bareback, a contradiction if we think that many of the children are now learning to ride and others are perfecting their technique by gaining dexterity and, precisely, at this time falls are more frequent.
To avoid serious damage, a consequence of negligently putting children on the bicycle, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics (AEP) recommends for a safe circulation by bicycle, that children and adolescents use the helmet, the same as adults. This must be approved, in perfect condition, well placed and of the appropriate size. Also, it is important to bring reflective clothing at duskas well as a white front and red light on the rear of the bike, and be familiar with the rules of the road on public roads.
If you like to ride with your young child as a passenger on the bicycle, remember that they must travel in a additional homologated seat and you must wear your helmet properly adjusted. Bicycle trailers, which we see in other countries to transport children, are not yet covered by Spanish regulations.
Marisol New. Copywriter
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