Bicycle and scooter frequently asked questions
Q: How long does my child need to wear a helmet when he/she is riding a bicycle?
A: In the state of California, your child must wear an approved helmet every time
they ride a bicycle, scooter, and skateboard until they are 18 years of age.
Q: How should my child’s helmet fit?
A: Your child’s helmet must fit snugly, sit low on the forehead, and buckle under the chin.
Q: Is a bicycle considered a vehicle?
A: Yes, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and you the driver. All traffic signs, and
signals must be obeyed.
Q: Where does my child ride their bicycle?
A: A bicycle must be ridden on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic.
Q: What’s required on my bicycle when I’m riding at night?
A: To ride at night, you must have lights on the front and back of your bicycle, reflectors
on the wheels and pedals, and must wear bright clothing.
Q: Can my child ride a pocket bike?
A: No, pocket bikes shall not operate on any sidewalk, roadway, highway, bicycle path or
trail, and hiking or recreational trail.
Q: Does my child have to be a certain age to ride an motorized scooter?
A: Your child must be at least 16 years of age and a licensed driver, must wear an approved
helmet, and must ride on a street with a 25 mph speed limit unless operated in a bike lane.
Car seat frequently asked questions
Q: At what age can my child start using the vehicle safety belt?
A: Your child must remain in their booster seat until they reach the maximum weight limit
of the booster seat.
Q: How long does my infant have to stay rear-facing?
A: Infants must stay rear-facing until they are at least one year and 20 pounds. There are
some seats on the market that have a higher weight limit, so you can keep them rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the safer way to travel.
Q: How do I know which car seat to choose for my child?
A: The best car seat for your child is one that properly fits your child, fits your vehicle, and
one that you will use correctly every time.
Q: How tightly should my car seat be installed?
A: The car seat should not move more than one inch side to side when pulled at the belt path.