May is National Bicycle Safety Month

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May is National Bicycle Safety Month

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM CDT

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has deemed the month of May "Bicycle Safety Month".

One of the most important pieces of safety equipment for any bicyclist is a helmet.

For young children who are still learning to ride a bike, finding one with the right fit can be difficult.

"It should be level on your head,” said Dr. Michael Macknin of the Cleveland Clinic. “A lot of kids like to tilt it to the left or tilt it to the right or tilt it back because they think it's cool and they don't want to buckle up their strap. The strap absolutely has to be buckled. The helmet has to be straight ahead and level.”

Helmets with a label from the Consumer Products Safety Commission meet all federal safety standards.

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