Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Program ending December 2016

Helmet Safety

Parents should always require children to wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, skateboard or inline skates. Whenever children "wheel" around, they should follow Be Bright safety rules so they can remain safe and be seen on the road.
    1. ​EYES check: Position the helmet on the child's head. When looking up they should see the bottom rim of the helmet (one to two fingers above the eyebrows).
    2. EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under the ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
    3. MOUTH check: When the child opens their mouth as wide as they can the helmet should hug their head. If not, tighten those straps!
    Helmets should meet or exceed current safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The helmet is normally marked with a sticker located on the inside of the helmet. If your child is reluctant to wear their helmet, try letting them choose their own as long as it still adheres to the “Eyes, Ears and Mouth” check. Helmets come in many colors and styles - allowing children to choose a helmet that's "cool" may make them less likely to take it off when you're not around. For more information, please contact Valley Metro's Be Bright program.