Some Online Bicycle Safety Videos and PSA's
Summary: Here are the bike safety videos and PSA's on the web that you can download. If you find others, please
email us. The newest are on YouTube, but some of them are terrible. We have another page with
classroom quality DVDs, some that we can send you free.
Our Current Favorites
Bike Helmets 101: A Basic Users Guide to Brain Safety
The only helmet safety video we have ever seen that is fun to watch. It was done by three Manitoba organizations, and
features fast cuttings, quirky humor and good information in three minutes. It seems suitable for a wide range of age
groups. Short, so it is best used to get a discussion going on specifics of helmet and bike safety. You can access it
on Vimeo. We can also send you a copy with our other DVDs (see below). We
also have a Study Guide to help get a classroom discussion going. This one is
specifically limited to non-profit use by schools and community groups. Note: If the video stops in Windows Media
Player at the opening menu screen, just hit Enter to play it.
New York City's Vision Hero site has a short video just under three minutes on picking and fitting a helmet
that covers the essentials well and has good graphics. You can access it on the Vision Hero
The Danish Road Safety Council has
the funniest helmet PSA we have ever seen, titled Helmet has Always Been a Good Idea. It's set in 873 AD, so it's
not specific about bicycle helmets and covers bike, motorcycle and equestrian.
- DOT's Bicycle Safer Journey: a 2014 upgrade of
videos, curricula, lesson plans, quizzes, and just about everything you need for classroom instruction of basic bicycle
safety, including helmets. Spanish materials included. Links to other sites for more curricula. Not a helmet-specific
site, but by far the best thing DOT has ever produced. We can send you the videos on disk if
downloading from YouTube doesn't work for you. In 2015 DOT added three short graphic videos without words to help deal
with language problems.
- Four older videos online from DOT. (We can also send them to you on DVD.) You can find low resolution versions on YouTube or we can send them
to you on DVD.
- Ride Smart - It's Time to Start
One of the best free videos anybody has produced for "tweens" 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.
- 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 Bike Helmet. Has a crash scene, some brief bad advice on old standards, and good step by step
instructions on fit. Four minutes.
Ajuste del casco de bicicleta.
The bike fitting video above in Spanish. We can't find it on the web, but can send it to you on DVD. Here is another fitting video in Spanish, but not from NHTSA.
if you need the DOT videos on DVD. As noted, the web versions are low resolution.
- Helmet Fitting
Cartoon One of the few videos in cartoon format, with helmet advice and fitting instructions. Probably good for
six to eight year olds. Well done, by the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Flipping Physics: How to Wear a Helmet is a unique
explanation of helmet impact physics using formulae and cool crashes. The message: strap your helmet on.
The League of American Bicyclists has a series of short
videos on various topics. We were not that impressed with the helmet fitting video.
CPSC Video Clip The Consumer Product Safety Commission has done a video clip of their helmet lab testing. We
have info on the video clip.
Helmet Bully is a YouTube video PSA called "Bully."
A bully rides alongside a kid, harassing him about his sissy helmet. The bully is not paying attention to where he is
going, and he suddenly collides with a board sticking out the back of a truck parked in a driveway. It is quite a
shock, and most viewers will not realize that the bully got hit mostly in the face with the board, and a normal bike
helmet would not have protected his face anyway. We think it is an annoying video.
The Bike Month site has a number of PSAs about Bike Month and safe
NHTSA: Bicycle Helmet Fit available on YouTube. A lighter
treatment of how to fit a helmet, intended for kids.
NHTSA: Chug Bike Safety Video a large download from the DOT
site. Animated train engines talk about bike safety and direct kids to a Disney site. One of the best pieces of
advice: "Make sure an adult is watching you." Nice graphics, but needs a better script.
YouTube and Vimeo
YouTube and Vimeo have lots of videos, and new ones appear every day, so we can't keep up with them. Here are a few of
Note: YouTube videos are all over the map. We have seen at least one "how to" helmet fit video where the host's helmet
has a very loose strap, so you have to watch carefully. In that one, all the helmets are from the same manufacturer,
And more from other sources:
More on StreetFilms
has short films about bicycling and pedestrian issues. We did not
find any helmet videos when we looked, but there were lots of others.
Let us know
if you find anything really good!