Bicycle Safety

Bike Safety Event - Walk & Roll Winston-Salem

Join Brenner Children's Hospital and Safe Kids, for Walk & Roll Winston-Salem, an event promoting bike safety and free helmet fittings, on Sunday, May 1 from 1-4 p.m.

Bike Safety Tips

Luly Beckles, the Pediatric Injury Prevention Coordinator for Brenner Children’s Hospital and Coordinator of Safe Kids Northwest Piedmont, has the following bicycle safety tips for parents: 

  • Buy a bicycle that fits. The child’s feet should be able to touch the floor to control the bike. “Don’t buy a bike for a child to grow into.’’ 
  • When you buy a bicycle for a child, buy the helmet, too. Make sure it fits. “Don’t buy a helmet for a child to grow into, either.’’ 
  • Make sure the child is wearing a helmet and always wear one yourself. “When parents say they don't like to wear a helmet, it’s very disturbing to hear, especially in front of a child. Wearing a helmet will reduce a head injury by 85%.’’ 
  • Helmets are very important, even for your tyke’s first tricycle. “They’re decorated with the action heroes or princesses which makes it very appealing to children. If they fall over, their head is the first thing that’s going to hit the ground. If you start having them wear helmets at a young age, they’re more apt to wear helmets when they get older."