Helmet safety for children

In January 1, 1997, Florida a introduced bicycle helmet law requiring children in Florida under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bicycle. Here are some tips to about wearing a bike helmet.

  • Make sure the helmet fits snugly on the head and doesn’t slip around!
  • The helmet won’t work if it comes off your head. Use the strap and wear the helmet in the correct position.
  • A helmet should be replaced if it has been involved in a crash.
  • Bicycle helmets have shown to reduce head injuries by 85%.
  • Helmets protect your head and that means your brain; brain injury is the Number 1 killer and disabler of children in America.
  • Remember that in Florida a bicycle must follow the same rules as cars.


This means you must:

  • Ride with traffic- on the right side of the road, and use hand signals.
  • Stop for stop signs and red lights.
  • Don’t ride with a headset on- you won’t hear danger coming.
  • Use lights and reflectors at night.

For further information on this or others safety topics please contact the University of Florida Police Department’s Community Services Division at 392-1409.