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 CityBy 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 TransportationThe 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:
In addition, NHTSA has a
NHTSA's Bicycle Safety Activity Kit
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or José Alberto Uclés at email@example.com
CPSCThe 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)
BikeTexasBike 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.
download on the Web and print out in full color or in black and white.
The State of Illinoishas a full color booklet called Los Chicos Y La Bicicleta en Illinois that covers bike safety including helmets in seven pages.
Oregon Health Sciences UniversityOHSU has helmet fitting instructions in Spanish.
Phoenix Childrens HospitalThere 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 FoundationThe 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe KidsSafe 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 CommitteeThis 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.
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.
VideosSee 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 reformatted on: March 4, 2017.