Keep your toddler safe on their bike

Strider bikes are all about toddlers having fun and learning to ride a bike safely. Toddlers need to learn to wear a helmet from day 1 - one that fits correctly and meets UK safety standards. We stock children's helmets, at competitive prices, from leading manufacturers such as Bell and Lazer to ensure your child can learn the " no helmet, no bike" rule.

As you know, toddlers need training. Potty training, talking, feeding, sleeping the list goes on. At Strider as we can start children on bikes earlier than anyone else due to our low seat positions and lightweight balance bikes starting at 2.2kg so we want to ensure that you know suggestions to keeping your toddler safe on their STRIDERs.

Did you know

* 82% of children under 14 years do not wear bicycle helmets

* 60% of children under 14 years attend A&E departments due to bicycle related injuries, 43% with head injuries

* 11-15 year olds are at the greatest risk of serious injury or death from not wearing or having a properly fitted bicycle helmet.

* Wearing a bicycle helmet reduces head injury by 85%

Safety is not always top of mind for kids as they get older so it's important to teach them whilst they are very young. Its a good reminder to parents to go over the rules of the road as your child gets older and pay extra attention when you're behind the wheel, especially around schools and residential roads.

Top tips for drivers:

  • Please watch your speed! With more children playing outside in the summer, be cautious and watch your speed, especially near playgrounds, parks and in residential areas. A Strider rider is tiny so not easily spotted!

  • Check when reversing! Pulling out your driveway will of course mean you are checking for cars - Are you checking for STRIDER riders on the pavement?

Top tips for parents:

  • Focus on the basics: Go over road safety tips with your children frequently – even older children need to be reminded about road safety.

  • Parked vehicles: Encourage your children to avoid shortcuts through car parks or between parked cars where it's harder for drivers to see small children. They may not be tall enough to be seen in the mirrors or out of the rear windscreen.

  • General cycling tips: Cyclist injuries from crashes with vehicles peak in during the summer as there are simply more on bikes. It's never too early to teach your children safe cycling behaviour – it could help make it second-nature to them when they're older. Start by covering these basics:

    • Cycle in a straight line, avoid weaving and try to be as predictable as possible. Admittedly this can be a toughy for a 2 yr old so be alert for them.

    • When sharing pavements watch out for pedestrians, ride on the right hand side for everyone's safety.

    • Make sure children wear approved helmets that meet safety standards every time they ride their bikes and periodically inspect them for signs of wear.

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