Bike safety

Safety Standards Kidvelo Bikes

At Kidvelo, all our Kids Bikes conform to EN71, CE and UKCA testing standards. When pedals are added to the 14″ and 18″ models, the bike is further tested to comply with ISO8098:2014

Riding your bike safely

Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents can happen. The safest way to use your bike is under adults’ supervision. Every year, lots of kids need to see their doctor or go to the A&E because of bike injuries.

Why Kids Should Wear a Bike Helmet

Wearing a suitable Kids Bike Helmet that fits well every time you’re on a bike helps protect your face, head, and brain if you fall down. A properly fitting helmet is key and should be used for riding, not playing.

Wear a bike helmet every time you ride, even if you’re going for a short ride. And follow these rules:

  • Make sure your bike helmet fits you well.
  • Always wear your helmet the right way so it will protect you: Make sure it covers your forehead and don’t let it tip back. Always fasten the straps.
  • Don’t wear a hat under your helmet.
  • Take care of your helmet and don’t throw it around. If it’s damaged, it won’t protect you as well when you need it.
  • Get a new helmet if you fall while you’re on your bike and hit your head.
  • Put reflective stickers on your helmet so drivers can see you better.
  • Which is the Right Sized Bike for my child?

Riding a bike that is the right size for them helps to keep them safe.

To check the size:

  • When you are on your bicycle, stand straddling the top bar of your bike so that both feet are flat on the ground.
  • There should be 2cm to 7cm of space between you and the top bar.

Making a safety checklist is important. Ask your mum or dad for help:

  • Make sure your seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly.
  • Check and oil your chain regularly.
  • Check your brakes to be sure they work well and aren’t sticking.
  • Check your tyres to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tyre pressure.

What Should I Wear When I Ride My Bike?

Wearing bright clothes and putting reflectors on your bike also can help you stay safe. It helps other people on the road see you. And if they see you, that means they’re less likely to run into you. The Kidvelo jersey is perfect for this.

  • You’ll also want to make sure that nothing will get caught in your bike chains, such as loose pant legs, backpack straps, or shoelaces.
  • Wear the right shoes – trainers – when you bike. Sandals, flip-flops, shoes with heels, and cleats won’t help you grip the pedals. And never go riding barefoot!
  • Riding gloves may help you grip the handlebars – and make you look like a professional!
  • Don’t wear headphones because the music can distract you from noises around you, such as a car blowing its horn so you can get out of the way.

Where Is it Safe to Ride My Bike?

You need to check with your mum and dad about:

  • Where you’re allowed to ride your bike
  • How far you’re allowed to go
  • Whether you should ride on the pavement or on the road. Kids younger than 10 years should ride on the pavement and avoid the roads unless accompanied by an adult
  • Common things that can get in the way like rocks, children or pets, big puddles
  • No matter where you ride, daytime riding is the safest. So try to avoid riding your bike at dusk and later.
  • And always keep an eye out for cars and trucks. Even if you’re just riding on the pavement, a car may pull out of its driveway into the path of your bike. Make sure that you keep an eye on your child and he/she knows how to stop.

What Road Rules Should I Know?

If you’re allowed to ride on the street, follow these road rules:

  • Always ride with your hands on the handlebars.
  • Always stop and check for traffic in both directions when leaving your driveway, an alley, or a curb.
  • Cross in a safe place. When you pull out between parked cars, drivers can’t see you coming.
  • Walk your bike across busy junctions using the pedestrian crossing and following traffic signals.
  • Ride on the left-hand side of the street, so you travel in the same direction as cars do. Never ride against traffic.
  • Use bike lanes wherever you can.
  • Don’t ride too close to parked cars. Doors can open suddenly.
  • Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic (red) lights just as cars do.
  • Ride single-file on the street with friends.
  • When passing other bikers or people on the street, always pass to their left side, and call out “On your left!” so they know that you are coming.

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  • Kazzi
    5 months ago

    Can't get over the quality of this bike, for the price its phenomenal. All the essential features have been carefully considered and included. I especially like the footrests and reach adjustment the bars and stem enable. Height adjustment is easy and the seat post has measurements too which is really helpful. It's so light a 2-year-old can lift it easily. It was so quick and easy to assemble my 7yo built it with minimal guidance. It's a really good looking bike with good quality robust components. I absolutely love it!

  • Liz Chambers
    4 months ago

    What a fabulous little bike. Bought for my niece as a Christmas present. She is 16 months and absolutely loves it. The bike arrived well packaged, instructions were clear and an absolute bargain for the quality. Thank you so much!

  • Hayley
    3 months ago

    My 3 year old loves his Kidvelo Rookie 12. This is his 1st bike and he's taken to it like a duck to water. He is so confident with it and obviously feels safe. The bike is very fairly priced, it was delivered quickly, its lightweight, easy to put together, and the quality is fantastic. My little one loves the chunky wheels and the bell too. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for their child's first bike.

  • James Kennedy
    1 month ago

    I don’t normally leave reviews, but I’m so impressed with our recent purchase of a Kidvelo bike that I thought this product was worthy of one. The first thing we noticed was the build quality of the product. It’s well made and really sturdy when put together. The black wheels and tyres look great and my little one loves the bright pink colour! I only wish I’d have known about this bike sooner as I would have bought one for my son, who seems to enjoy going on his little sisters bike more than his own! Thanks to all at Kidvelo for making a little girl really happy!

  • Ellie Gentleman
    1 month ago

    Highly recommended Kidvelo Bikes Uk.
    We have the Rookie12 for our little boy. The bike feels super sturdy but lightweight for me to carry around where ever we are going! Super easy to put together my little man even got involved helping me put it together.
    My little one likes the extra features of the foot rest for going down little hills this also really helps with his balance for when he’s ready for the next size bike up.
    As a parent all the extra features with the handle bars and seat as they grow with him so I’m not having a buy a new one weekly is brilliant! “he don’t stop growing “😀
    Also the communication with Kidvelo Bikes Uk was Fantastic and all my questions answered.

  • Nick Jeggo
    2 Days ago

    A Revelation!
    I work as a cycle instructor delivering Bikeability, Learn to Ride and led rides in the Town Park. I'm also the British Cycling Go-Ride lead at my cycling club. The club has been using a Rookie 12 to help keep younger siblings happy while brothers and sisters attend our sessions.
    The bike has been amazing, a revelation in fact. First of all, it's incredibly light, something that everyone comments upon. In fact, when the bike arrived we wondered if the box was empty!
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    I've come across lots of balance bikes, but this one stands way above anything else I've seen. You may find some of the features on other bikes, but the rookie 12 has them all in a brilliantly designed combination.
    Buy quality, your kids will thank you for it!

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