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Helmet Materials in Spanish and French
Summary: Latino communities all over the US are reportedly lagging behind in bicycle helmet use. Disproportionate numbers of Latinos are being killed and injured in traffic, both on bicycles and while walking. Here are the sources of Spanish program materials that we are aware of. There must be more available than this, so a Google search is advisable.
New York City
By far the best and most advanced advice for city riders we have seen in Spanish is the New York City BikeSmart Brochure. It covers bike lanes, interacting with cars in specific situations, bike parking, helmets and helmet fitting. Some sections are specific to New York City, of course, but this one is a winner.
US Dept of Transportation
The Federal Highway Administration has a big list of posters, pamphlets and other materials for Latino audiences. They even have online forms for ordering, and everything is free. They also have a page with links to a marketing plan for reaching Latino audiences.
Another DOT division, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrtion (NHTSA) has
a page on materials for latino audiences in Spanish.
They also have a page where you can order other materials. You can download brochures:
And a Spanish video called Ajuste del casco de bicicleta. We have that one, and can send it to you on a DVD for showing to classes or larger audiences. We include it in our Toolkit for Helmet Promotion Programs, or can send it separately. Just send us an email if you need it. There is no charge for any of our materials. We also send a copy of the NHTSA fitting video, and have it on our site.
- Kids and Bicycle Safety - (Spanish)
- Easy Steps for Fitting a Bicycle Helmet - (Spanish)
In addition, NHTSA has a
NHTSA's Bicycle Safety Activity Kit. It has
Activities for children from 4 to 7 and for those from 8 to 11 years old. All on line for downloading when the links work. Includes coloring pages, connect-the-dots, word find, crossword, word scramble and more, with nice color graphics if your printer can handle them. All in Spanish. We also have their Flash Cards in Spanish on our Web site for printing out. For help with downloading, contact Paula Bawer at email@example.com or José Alberto Uclés at firstname.lastname@example.org
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a bike safety page in Spanish with some materials. CPSC also has ¿Qué casco
para qué actividad? (Which Helmet for Which Activity). You can order up to 400 copies of CPSC materials on their Web site or call 800-638-2772. (se habla Español)
Bike Texas has educational materials including a curriculum for training students in 15 lessons that they call the SafeCyclist Curriculum. Their materials are all in English and Spanish.
California has a brochure in Spanish titled !Proteja La Cabeza De Su Nino! that you can download on the Web and print out in full color or in black and white.
The State of Illinois has a full color booklet called Los Chicos Y La Bicicleta en Illinois that covers bike safety including helmets in seven pages.
Oregon Health Sciences University
OHSU has helmet fitting instructions in Spanish.
Phoenix Childrens Hospital
There are Spanish language versions of various helmet campaign materials you can purchase from the Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa County Safe Kids campaign. Some of their materials, including this "Porte el Casco - Evita el Fiasco" stickers, are available in Spanish.
Snell Memorial Foundation
The Snell Safety Education Center has a full color pamphlet in Spanish. They ask for a small donation ($2.50 for 50, or $20 for 500). You can contact them through their Web site or by postal mail to
Snell Safety Education Center
3628 Madison Avenue, Suite 11
North Highlands, CA 95660
You can also call them. Their telephone number is (916) 331-5073. Or you can send them email at email@example.com.
Safe Kids USA has two brochures in .pdf format in Spanish: one is Usa tu cabeza. ¡Ponte el casco! - a tip sheet for parents on helmets. The other is called TODO SOBRE RUEDAS - Actividades an activity sheet to test your wheels knowledge. You can access the English versions as well from this page.
Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee
This source has two short video clips in Spanish on their Web site. One is a helmet clip and the other is called Conduce con tus 5 sentidos. We don't know how to download them to your own machine, but you can watch them on the BAC site. They also have a 51 page share the road Spanish booklet called Comparta el Camino: Guia para ciclistas y motoristas.
Mari Lynch's Bicycling Monterey Blog has a page titled Guía de Recursos de Bicicleta en Español with a broader range of Spanish language materials.
American Automobile Association
AAA has Bike Basics in Spanish and a helmet safety tip bookmark in English/Spanish. They should be available, usually free, from your local AAA club.
Child Safety Solutions has an activity book with stickers available in Spanish or English, and in combination. Prices are on the Web site.
English as a Second Language Curriculum
DOT/NHTSA has an English as a Second Language Curriculum up on the Web.
It has beginning and intermediate levels, for both bicycle and pedestrian safety. See the top of this page for info on their Spanish language video.
See the top of this page for info on the NHTSA Spanish language video.
The University of California Series: The Bicycle Zone (Elementary), Pedal Smarts (High School/Middle School), and Getting There By Bike (High School/Adult) All three videos are available in English and Spanish. Each is accompanied with a study guide. Available through Transit Media, 22-D Hollywood Ave, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423. Telephone: 201-652-1989.
A Kids Eye View
A short video that appears as a bonus on the League of American Bicyclists DVD called Enjoy the Ride. $32 from the LAB Web site. We have not seen it.
If you have another source of Spanish language materials for bike safety or helmet safety programs, please send us an email! We think this list is far too short, so do another Google search.
This page was updated or partially revised on: March 19, 2015.