Biking is great for family time and fitness, and bike trailers and bike-mounted carriers allow adults to enjoy bike riding with small children as passengers.
Keep your child safe when they are riding in a bike trailer or sitting in a carrier mounted on your bicycle:
When using a bike trailer, check that:
Bike-mounted carriers have a high centre of gravity, so they are 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:
Riding with a bike-mounted carrier or a bike trailer can be challenging. Practice riding on quiet streets before going onto busy roads and pathways. Install a mirror on your bike handlebars so that you can check your child as you ride. Set a good example for your children by wearing your bike helmet every time you ride.
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: October 25, 2023
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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