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Bicycle Safety

Bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile.

More than 70 percent of children ages 5 to 14 ride bicycles, and this group is five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash than older riders.

Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes and is the most important factor in bicycle-related death and permanent disability. 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.

The single-most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet. Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, and it is estimated that they could prevent 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities among children.

Unfortunately, fewer than half of kids ages 5 to 14 wear helmets when participating in wheeled activities, and more than a third of children who use helmets wear them improperly.

Bike Safety Tips

The National Safe Kids campaign offers the following safety tips:

  • Wear a bicycle or motorcycle helmet on every ride. Check to see if your helmet should have a safety certification.
  • Ride so drivers and cyclists can see you.
  • Look both ways for oncoming vehicles before turning or crossing a street. Go only when it is clear.
  • Watch out for potholes, cracks, rocks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks or anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
  • Make sure your bike fits your height, weight and age.
  • Inflate tires properly.
  • Check brakes before riding.
  • Bikers should ride one behind another and with the flow of traffic.

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