From newborn to school starter: Children from 0 to approx. 6 years of age, or a max. height of 117 cm, can ride in Croozer’s child trailers. Most child bike seats can only be used for a short period of your child’s life. In addition, your Croozer can be used for more than just cycling. As a stroller or jogger, it can be a practical and reliable companion for everyday life, offering additional value. Many parents also appreciate its impressive cargo capacity: The large rear compartment can be used for carrying groceries, winter coats, diaper bags and so much more!
That pretty much sums up the advantages for everyday use – now for the issue of safety:
One of the things that makes a Croozer bicycle trailer so special is its low centre of gravity. This property keeps the trailer from tipping over, e.g. on uneven paths or if one wheel hits a bump or pothole at a relatively high speed. And if you happened to take a spill on the towing bike, a Croozer bicycle trailer would stay upright, thanks to the swivelling hitch. All of these factors significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
In comparison: Children sitting in a classic child bike seat are particularly vulnerable in the event of an accident because their only protection is a helmet. Furthermore, a child seat carries the child quite high off the ground and, in the case of an accident, would fall over with the bicycle. In a cargo bike, children often ride in an open compartment that offers no protection from the top and sides. Cargo bikes are also relatively heavy, which should be taken into consideration, particularly when it comes to stopping or cornering.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR A HELMET IN THE BICYCLE TRAILER?
If you live in Germany, your child does not need to wear a helmet in the Croozer, because there are no mandatory cycle helmet laws, and the Croozer’s safe passenger compartment offers sufficient protection. Do you live in a different country, or are you planning to use the trailer for holiday activities outside of Germany? Then be sure to look into whether the respective country or state has mandatory helmet laws – if so, then these laws often apply to children riding in bicycle trailers.
Keep in mind that infants riding in the Croozer Baby Seat cannot wear a helmet. With a helmet, it would be too difficult for them to rest their head safely and comfortably against the flat surface of the Baby Seat. Therefore, children should not start wearing a bicycle helmet in the Croozer until they are old enough to sit upright unassisted and no longer have to ride in the Baby Seat.
In general, it is always sensible for children to wear a bicycle helmet – young passengers can get used to wearing one and will learn to associate cycling with helmet use from the very beginning!