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Biking with Small Children – Safety

by Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia
on June 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Whether you’re using a bike carrier or a trailer, follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure your child wears a properly-fitting bicycle helmet and is always strapped into the trailer or carrier.
  • Don’t use a trailer or carrier for children under 12 months old. There are no bike helmets made for children younger than one year.
  • Stay off busy streets and follow the rules of the road with extra care.
  • Avoid riding at night as it’s hard for drivers to see trailers in the dark.
  • Make yourself visible to drivers. Use large reflective patches or high-flying reflective flags and make sure your bike has lights and reflectors.
  • Put a mirror on your bike handle so that you can check your child as you ride.
  • Practise riding with the trailer or carrier before you take your child for a trip.
  • If you’re using a trailer, make wide turns and watch out for tipping hazards like sharp turns.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a bike carrier or trailer.
  • Don’t overload the trailer or your bike.
  • Dress your child for the weather and take breaks for drinks or snacks. To prevent choking, do not give your child snacks or drinks during the ride, take frequent breaks instead.
  • Do not use blankets, loose-fitting clothing or scarves that can get caught in spokes, gears or pedals. Remove drawstrings from children’s clothing.

For more information visit www.parachutecanada.org

Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia The Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia (IBANS) is a not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of more than 1100 property and casualty insurance brokers in the province. Since 1949 IBANS has worked with its members to ensure they have the tools and knowledge necessary to best serve consumers. Governed by a board of directors drawn from its membership the Association is the voice of brokers in Nova Scotia and a member of the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC).

Insurance Brokers Association of Nova Scotia

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