Bicycle Safety is Essential
Bicycle riding is a children past-time favorite, but accidents can occur. Every year, about 300,000 kids end up in the emergency room because of bike injuries. Some of these injuries can be fatal, usually resulting from head injuries. That’s why it’s so important to wear a bike helmet. A helmet will provide protection for the head and brain in case of an injury.
- More kids ages 5-14 go to the hospital emergency rooms with injuries related to biking than with any other sport.
- Each year, about 567,000 people go to hospital emergency rooms with bicycle-related injuries; about 350,000 of those injured are children under 15. Of those children, about 130,000 sustain brain injuries.
- Each year, bicycle-related crashes kill about 200 children under the age of 15.
- 70-80% of all fatal bicycle crashes involve brain injuries.
- More that 60% of childhood bicycle related fatalities occur on small neighborhood roads and streets.
- Bicycle incidents are most likely to occur within five blocks of home.
- Head injuries account for more than 60 percent of bicycle-related deaths, more than two-thirds of bicycle-related hospital admissions and about one-third of hospital emergency room visits for bicycling injuries.
- Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of a head injury by 85 percent and brain injury by 88 percent.
Brain Injury Association of America
Safe Riding Tips
- Make yourself more visible by wearing bright or reflective clothing.
- Watch for and avoid road hazards such as potholes, broken glass, puddles, etc.
- Obey all traffic laws and signs.
- Be alert at all times- be aware of parked cars.
- Avoid riding at night.
Bicycle Helmet Checklist:
Wearing a helmet correctly is important in helping to prevent injuries. Always do these things to ensure a proper fit;
- Tighten the chin straps to keep the helmet from slipping forward or backward
- Only two fingers should fit under the chin strap
- Place the helmet directly over the forehead