Learning to ride a bike is a developmental milestone in the life of a child. Yet all too often children are seriously injured, or even killed, when they do not follow basic bicycle safety rules. Following is a list of common bicycle safety myths, coupled with the correct information you need to teach your children about safe bike riding. These facts will help you and your children make every bike ride safe.

Myth: My child doesn’t need to wear a helmet on short rides around the neighborhood.

Fact: Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or how close to home. Many injuries happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. In fact, most bike crashes happen near home. A helmet protects your child from serious injury and should always be worn. And remember, wearing a helmet at...

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