Cycling and small wheeled recreation are great for family time and fitness. Keep your child safe whether they are a passenger in a bike trailer or mounted carrier, riding their own bike, or taking part in small wheeled recreation like in-line skating, riding a scooter, or skateboarding.
Here are some tips to remember while your child is travelling in a bike trailer or carrier:
When using a bike trailer check that:
Bike-mounted carriers have a high centre of gravity, making them less stable than bike trailers. Your bike is more likely to tip over using a carrier than a trailer. When using a bike-mounted carrier make sure:
Using bike-mounted carriers and bike trailers can be a challenge. Practice riding on quiet streets before going onto busy roads and pathways. Install a mirror on your bike handle bars so that you can check your child as you ride. Make sure that both you and your child wear helmets.
You can reduce your child’s risk of a cycling-related injury by making sure the equipment and environment are safe, and that the activity is appropriate for your child’s age.
Current as of: January 8, 2018
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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