They provide a great way for children to exercise, get outside and learn, whilst helping them to develop independence, confidence and vital balance and fine motor skills. However, it is important to remember that bicycles and other pedestrian conveyances are not toys but rather vehicles that children use in public spaces, near or on roads.
In 2010-2011 across Australia, there were a recorded 2,727 cases of falls from pedestrian conveyance devices such as skateboards and scooters in those aged 5 - 14 years. In South Australia alone, hundreds of young children are treated in hospital each year for injuries involving bicycles and other pedestrian conveyances. Most cycling injuries occur when a child falls from their bike after crashing into a pole, gutter or fence. With smaller wheeled devices where braking mechanisms lack, most falls result when a child loses control.
Download our 'Bicycles and small wheeled devices' factsheet which includes a bicycle safety checklist.