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    No helmet is not an option for my kids either. I still remember attending the funeral of my classmate in 9th grade who died in a bicycle accident and his empty seat beside me in English class for the rest of the year. Non-negotiable.
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    Helmets aren’t an option for my kids either. I wear one too. I see a lot of my kids’ friends riding without them and always tell them to go home and put it on. I make them wear closed toe shoes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgenie View Post
    I took off a chunk of my heel riding my bike barefoot when I was a kid. I require sneakers and helmets.
    I do see what youíre saying and clearly itís smarter to wear closed toe shoes, but we live a super casual, footwear optional type of summer and Iím just thrilled their heads are protected! (They always use helmets) Foot injuries can be annoying, painful and cause scars but brain injuries can incapacitate and kill so thatís my mom-negotiable!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bisous View Post
    I do see what you’re saying and clearly it’s smarter to wear closed toe shoes, but we live a super casual, footwear optional type of summer and I’m just thrilled their heads are protected! (They always use helmets) Foot injuries can be annoying, painful and cause scars but brain injuries can incapacitate and kill so that’s my mom-negotiable!
    My DS is always in flip flops too. I don't think he would ride his bike or scooter anymore if I told him had to wear sneakers. He absolutely hates socks and shoes, I think he has some sensory thing about them. He can't even keep them on for the 5 minute ride to and from school.
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    My DD has definitely scootered and biked in flip flops. I never really thought of that as a safety issue. It is, though, of course! I see a rule change coming. Iím anti-flip-flop anyway, though. I canít tell you the number of times weíve been somewhere and taken an impromptu hike, and DDís had to do it in flip flops. Itís ridiculous! Theyíre fine for the beach or the pool, but theyíre not real shoes. I know Iím in the minority by saying that, but I donít care. Flip flops are not shoes, leggings are not pants, and pjs and slippers are not streetwear. Just call me Granny, but I will not be convinced otherwise!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 123LuckyMom View Post
    My DD has definitely scootered and biked in flip flops. I never really thought of that as a safety issue. It is, though, of course! I see a rule change coming. Iím anti-flip-flop anyway, though. I canít tell you the number of times weíve been somewhere and taken an impromptu hike, and DDís had to do it in flip flops. Itís ridiculous! Theyíre fine for the beach or the pool, but theyíre not real shoes. I know Iím in the minority by saying that, but I donít care. Flip flops are not shoes, leggings are not pants, and pjs and slippers are not streetwear. Just call me Granny, but I will not be convinced otherwise!


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    I think it must be cultural! If itís above 60 here (and it usually is!) itís flip flops. I wear Banda style Fit Flops and theyíre awesome and supportive. That said I donít wear them while biking! I donít think itís terrible to have your kids wear decent shoesóit just isnít a battle Iíve chosen to fight yet.

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    It's funny - we went to Paris over April vaca and literally NO ONE wears a helmet, and bikes and scooters are everywhere. We did a bike tour and the only people who decided to wear helmets were three little kids and two moms (all Americans). Those were the only helmets I saw all week. (And I admit - my fam didn't wear them on this trip. But we wear them at home although DDs are more lax around the nhood.)

    We also didn't see any accidents which was amazing with all the bikes, scooters, walkers, motorcycles and cars! I'm not saying that's a good reason not to wear a helmet, but I was surprised with all the traffic of all kinds.
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    Default kids biking with no helmets

    Dd1 wears a helmet as it is state law in California until you are 18 (it has been the law since 1995....I had to wear one when I was a senior in high school and I was soo embarrassed, but now I am thankful I wore one).

    Dd2 doesnít know how to ride a bike (and really has little interest)

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    Its the law here too and I cant believe how few kids wear them or wear them with straps unbuckled.

    In our house, if your butt touches the seat, you must have a helmet on. Not having one means I take your bike for 3 months. Its only happened 1 x. We're a huge biking family. We bike to school, the library, heck I even occasionally bike to the grocery. My 13yo daughter wouldnt bike with her bff b/c the girl doesnt have a helmet. So she brought her a spare we had.

    As for the scooters, a friend left her child at the playground being watched by another mom. The child fell off the scooter. I had a first aid kit and took care of him till his mom got back. Ended up having to go to er for a concussion when he started vomiting. Had facial lacerations. That group of friends now insists on helmets.
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