Baby on Board: Is Biking With Small Children Safe?

by Carmen Dellutri on October 4, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury attorneyTaking your baby out for a bike ride can be a great way to spend time as a family and get some exercise. Although there is a risk for a Naples bicycle accident anytime you hit the road, there are safety precautions that parents can take to keep babies safe when on board.

Below are just a few tips from HealthChildren.org:

  • Only adult cyclists should carry young passengers.
  • Preferably ride with passengers in parks, on bike paths, or on quiet streets. Avoid busy thoroughfares and bad weather, and ride with maximum caution and at a reduced speed.
  • Infants younger than 12 months are too young to sit in a rear bike seat and should not be carried on a bicycle. Do not carry infants in backpacks or frontpacks on a bike.
  • Children who are old enough (12 months to 4 years) to sit well unsupported and whose necks are strong enough to support a lightweight helmet may be carried in a child-trailer or rear-mounted seat.
  • A rear-mounted seat must be securely attached over the rear wheel; have spoke guards to prevent feet and hands from being caught in the wheels; and have a high back and a sturdy shoulder harness and lap belt that will support a sleeping child
  • A lightweight infant bike helmet should always be worn by a young passenger to prevent or minimize head injury. Small Styrofoam helmets that meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards are available.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

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