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Bike Trailers

Look First • Do a safety check of your board before each ride. Look for loose or broken parts, sharp edges, a slippery top surface, and cracks in the wheels. • Avoid riding near crowds, traffic, and animals. Never ride in the street. • Only one person per skateboard. • Do not wear headphones while you are skateboarding. • Do not hitch a ride from a car or bicycle. • Tricks require careful practice and a designated area. Only skateboard where it is permitted. Wear the Gear • Wear protective gear every time you skate. This includes a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. • Current Canadian standards do not exist for skateboarding helmets. Consult a reputable skateboarding shop for information on the most appropriate helmet. • Wear closed, slip-resistant shoes.

Choose a bike trailer with… • a rotating hitch, • a secure harness system, • metal bars or a ‘roll cage’ around the carrier, • non-removable sides, • reflectors on all sides or one that is made of reflective material. Using a trailer safely… • ensure the trailer is properly secured to the bicycle, • ensure you and your child wear a bicycle helmet, • before children are ready to travel in a bicycle trailer, they should be able to sit upright, have good head control, and should be over one year of age, • secure the harness at all times, • mount a brightly coloured flag at least 0.9m (3 ft) high at the back of the trailer, • only carry the recommended load, • be aware of the increased length and width of the bicycle with a trailer, • practice riding on quiet streets before heading out onto busy roads or pathways.

Managing the Risks ...

To help manage risks during summer activities: Look First, Wear the Gear, and Get Trained.

Kidsafe Alberta > SUMMER SAFETY

General Summer Safety Tips

Wear the Gear

  • Always wear an approved helmet.

  • People who choose their own helmets are more likely to wear them so allow your children and teens to choose their own.

  • Start the habit early. As soon as your child gets their first set of wheels, for example a tricycle or a scooter, ensure that he wears a helmet.

  • As a parent, be an example for others.

  • Wear bright, reflective clothing.


Look First

  • Ensure that the bicycle fits. Riders should be able to touch the ground with their feet while seated, and the handle bars should be within easy reach.

  • By law, bicycles must have a working bell or horn.

  • A well-maintained bicycle will improve your riding pleasure and keep you safe on the road. Before heading out for a ride, always do an ABC Quick Check:

    • >

      Air: firm tires

      • >

        Brakes: clean and working properly

      • >

        Chain: tight, well lubricated

Wear the Gear

  • Always wear a helmet approved for cycling (i.e. CSA, Snell, or ASTM).

  • Replace your helmet at least every five years even if it has not been in a crash.

  • A helmet that has been in a crash must be replaced even if it does not appear to be damaged.

  • Wear cycling gloves to improve your grip on the handlebars and proper, supportive footwear.

Get Trained

  • Take a bicycle safety course with a trained instructor.

  • Obey traffic signs and follow all road rules.

  • Encourage young cyclists to walk their bicycles across busy intersections.

  • Stop, look left, right, and left again before entering traffic (roads, driveways, sidewalks, alleys or parking lots).

  • Stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride in the same direction as traffic. Find out your community’s rules about riding on sidewalks.

  • Shoulder check every time you move out to turn or pass and always use your hand signals.

In-line Skating

Look First

  • Skate on a smooth, flat surface that is free from water, sand, and debris.

  • Avoid skating near crowds, traffic, and animals.

  • Do not wear headphones while you are in-line skating.

  • Cross the road at the corner or at a marked crosswalk.

  • Always follow the pedestrian lights when crossing the road.

  • Always pass pedestrians and other skaters on the left.

  • Blow a whistle or call out ‘passing on your left’ to alert others when you are approaching.

Wear the Gear

  • Wear protective gear every time you skate. This includes a helmet safety tested for in-line skating, knee

and elbow pads, and wrist guards.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts.

  • Choose good quality skates that fit your

feet properly and provide ankle support. Get Trained

  • Take lessons to learn how to skate, stop, and fall safely.

  • First-time skaters should try skating on a flat, grassy surface.

Fitting a Bicycle Helmet

Before buying a bicycle helmet, measure around the head at eyebrow level and find a helmet that is made for that size of head. Different brands of helmets fit different shaped heads.

STEP 1: Place the helmet on the head and make sure it is level from front to back.

STEP 2: The helmet must sit 1-2 finger widths (about 3 cm) above the eyebrows.

STEP 3: Make sure the helmet fits snugly. The helmet should not move when the cyclist nods or shakes her head.

STEP 4: Adjust the straps to form a “V” just below and in front of the earlobes.

STEP 5: Do up the chinstrap.

STEP 6: Adjust the chinstrap so that you can only fit the width of one finger between the cyclist’s chin and the chinstrap.

STEP 7: Make sure the helmet can only be removed by undoing the chin straps.

A bicycle helmet must not be worn with a baseball cap underneath – a cap could interfere with the helmet’s effectiveness on impact.

CHP09-1295 (2009/04)


Revised April 2009

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