NHTSA Publications on Bicycle Safety
Summary: The US Dept. of Transportation (NHTSA) has these publications and more available free for downloading on line.
These materials are all on the NHTSA site. You can also download them in .pdf format for printouts by clicking on the link "Printable version" on each page. Here we have links to the NHTSA server except for a few .pdf files we did not find on their server. You should check the NHTSA page for new ones that we don't know about yet.
Activities for children from 4 to 7 and for those from 8 to 11 years old. All on line for downloading. Includes coloring pages, connect-the-dots, word find, crossword, word scramble and more, with nice color graphics if your printer can handle them. Also available in Spanish.
One of DOT/NHTSA's best publications. In addition to egg drop, melon drop and hammer demos, it has a Pledge form. It has photos of each step.
How to fit your helmet. Also available in Spanish as
Consejos y pasos para el uso debido del casco para montar bicicleta. (August 2006) The .pdf files are included on our Toolkit CD as nhtsafit.pdf and spanishnhtsafit.pdf
Probably best for late elementary to mid-school kids. Sections on Safe Riding Tips, Rules of the Road and Sidewalk Riding. On the Toolkit CD as nhtsakids.pdf Also available in Spanish as Los niņos y su seguridad
al montar en bicicleta. The .pdf file is on our Toolkit CD as spanishkids.pdf.
Seven ways to bicycle safely. Includes info on helmets, bike maintenance, riding gear and safe riding practices.
(DOT HS 810 773, May 2007) The .pdf file is on our Toolkit CD as nhtsa7.pdf.
This three page flyer includes a message for parents about bicycle safety. Facts about bicycle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities, along with tips on how a parent can help prevent them from happening are included. Typical crash situations between motor vehicles and bicycles are explained. (2007) The .pdf file is on our Toolkit CD as nhtsacrash.pdf.
Be Smart Bike Safe Fact Sheet 2003
This one is dated April, 2004, and does not have New Hampshire or New Mexico in the list of State laws.
Lessons learned from Austin, Texas; Jacksonville and Duval County, Florida; the State of Maryland; the State of Oregon; Port Angeles, Washington, and Seymour, Connecticut. Also available as a "printer friendly" but very large 219 page .pdf file.
BHSI can send you these four DOT videos. You can preview them as .wmv files online on the DOT site.
- Ride Smart, It's Time to Start
One of the best free videos anybody has yet produced for "tweenagers" from about 8 to 12. Preaching, but all done by kids. Damaged helmets, jello and egg smashes, good fitting instructions and brief rules of the road. Eight minutes if you ignore the end credits. Nine minutes.
- Bike Safe. Bike Smart
This one covers bicycle safety. Hosted by Celine Yeager. Covers bike types, helmet and fit, lights, bright clothing, bike check, regulations, extensive rules of the road and riding techniques including night riding tips. Reviews rules at the end. All kids, diverse cast. Seven minutes.
- Bicycle Safety Tips for Adults
Covers choosing the right bike, safety equipment, pre-ride safety checks and rules of the road. Eight minutes
- Fitting a Bicycle Helmet
Has a crash scene, brief bad advice on old standards, and good step by step instructions on fit. Four minutes.
Send us an email with your postal mailing address if you need the DVD. There is no charge for it.
This CD is for the bicycle safety professional and others who are proactive in developing programs at the state or community level, not for consumers. It is a compilation of existing and proposed countermeasures to solve a wide range of bicycle safety problems. Please send a request for a copy of the interactive CD ROM with your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
These publications are just a few of the ones on the NHTSA site. Please note that we do not have copies of any of them for distribution on paper, but can send the videos on DVD.
This page was last revised on: March 8, 2011.