Most crashes involving children on bicycles, in-line skates, or skateboards occur because the child breaks a traffic rule.
Skateboards should never be used on surface streets. Your child should wear protective gear such as helmets, padding, and closed-toe and slip-resistant shoes.
Most youngsters learn the basics of pedaling, steering and braking on a tricycle or "big wheel" cycle, and around age 4 are ready to try a two-wheeler with training wheels.
Having your child wear the appropriate safety gear and use common sense when skating can help reduce the risk for injury.
Most child and teen bicycle crashes occur between May and August and between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.