Bike Safety

In a busy urban area like Chicago, biking can be a great way to get around and to exercise, so it's important to make sure you're biking safely. Our helmet safety checklist and blog posts below are here to help you make safe biking choices.

Helmet Safety Checklist

Both adults and children should wear a helmet every time they ride. Learn how to find the best helmet below.

  • Fit – Make sure your helmet's fit is correct. You can use the "2-V-1" Rule, which is explained below.
  • Position – Position the helmet on your head so it sits evenly between the ears. The helmet should only be about one to two finger widths above your eyebrow.
  • Pads – Put foam pads inside the helmet so that it feels comfortable but snug.
  • Straps – Tighten the chin strap as snugly as possible. Adjust the junction of front and back straps just under the ears and secure the back strap without putting pressure on the front strap.

Helmets expire roughly two years after purchase due to Styrofoam degradation. This occurs even if you cannot see any damage. Be sure to purchase new helmets for your children every few years. Also be sure to wear light-colored or reflective clothing when riding at night.

The "2-V-1" Rule

Helmets reduce the risk of cycling-related traumatic head injuries by 80%, and they reduce the risk of injuries to the upper and mid-face by 65%. But in order for a helmet to be effective, it needs to fit properly.

A helmet should fit comfortably and cover the forehead. It should not slide around on the head or move down when the child moves, and the chin strap should be tightened to fit snugly.

Learn about the "2-V-1" rule on our blog.

Follow the Rules of the Road & Sidewalk

In a city with a lot of traffic like Chicago, it's important for bike riders and drivers to communicate with each other, and for everyone to follow the rules. That goes for sidewalks, too.

Visit our blog for to see our top five bike safety tips.

Biking with a Baby: Seat or Trailer?

Biking in the city can be challenging with young ones, so many parents put their children in trailers or bike seats while they ride.

While there's no definite answer about which of the two options is safest, our blog outlines the pros and cons of each. Read the blog post.

Bicycle Safety Checklist

  • Buy a helmet that meets or exceeds current standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and wear it every time you ride.
  • Make sure your helmet's fit is correct. Do the “Position, Pads, Straps” check.
    • Position – Position the helmet on your head so it sits evenly between the ears. The helmet should only be about one to two finger widths above your eyebrow.
  • Pads – Put foam pads inside the helmet so that it feels comfortable but snug.
  • Straps – Tighten the chin strap as snugly as possible. Adjust the junction of front and back straps just under the ears and secure the back strap without putting pressure on the front strap.
  • Helmets expire roughly two years after purchase because Styrofoam degradation. This occurs even if you cannot see any damage. Be sure to purchase new helmets for your children every few years. Also be sure to wear light-colored or reflective clothing when riding at night.