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Many parents who ride bikes like to include their young children.
Riding tricycles is also a fun outdoor activity for preschoolers age 3 and
older. To avoid injury from these activities, consider the following safety
measures to protect your children.
A baby or young child in a carrier that is attached to an adult's
bike is at risk for serious injury, even when using all the latest safety
equipment. Uneven road surfaces, cars and other vehicles, or unanticipated
problems can endanger your child. It is best to wait to bike with children
until they have the balance and coordination to ride along with you on their
own bicycles.1 Usually, this is around age 7. Do not
allow children to ride in the street until they are 10 years old, are skilled
riders, and consistently observe the basic rules of the road.
In certain circumstances, biking with a child trailer has fewer
risks. If you are really set on biking with a baby or young child, the
following suggestions can help you minimize the risk of injury:1
Tricycles and similar three-wheeled toys provide exercise and
entertainment for many children. Keep this activity fun and safe by following
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Keeping your child safe. In SP Shevlov et al., eds., Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 457–506. New York: Bantam.
November 30, 2010
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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