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Cycle safety

Cycling needs to be encouraged because it's green, healthy and fun and it helps children to become independent.

However, it is important for young children to learn how to stay safe on a bicycle from the start: in 2014, 15 child cyclists aged 5-7 were killed or seriously injured on Britainís roads.

Helping your child stay safe

  • Find out if cycle training for your child is available in your area.
  • Check your child's bike to see if it's roadworthy: look at brakes, tyres and lights / reflectors (when riding at dusk or at night you must have a white front light and a red back light and rear reflector, and it's a good idea to fit spoke reflectors too).
  • Make sure the bike is the right size for your child.
  • Find out where local cycle paths and lanes are.
  • Make sure your child has a helmet which fits and is worn correctly (it should not be pushed too far back on the head). Helmets must be properly fastened so they don't come off in a collision.
  • Ensure your child wears high-visibility clothing when cycling.
  • When out and about with your child look at cyclists and talk about how easy they are to see.

Cycle training

Find out if cycle training is available at your child's school – this is the best way to learn the skills and knowledge needed to stay safer on the road. You can learn more about cycle training in your area at - new window or contact your local Road Safety Officer through the local authority.

Remember that if you cycle yourself you should set a good example!