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Helmet and Bike Safety

February 23, 2018

What's the Problem?

Millions of Americans ride bicycles, but less than half wear bicycle helmets. For example, a national survey conducted in 2001-2003 found that only 48% of children ages 5-14 years wore bicycle helmets when riding (1). Further, older children were less likely to wear helmets than younger children.

In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle- related injuries that required emergency department care. Roughly half of these cyclists were children and adolescents under the age of 20 (2). Annually, 26,000 of these bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are traumatic brain injuries treated in emergency departments (3).

Who's at Risk?

Any bicyclist who does not wear a bicycle helmet is at increased risk of head injury.

Can It Be Prevented?

Yes. Wearing a properly fitted helmet every time you and your children ride a bicycle is one important prevention method. If children don't want to wear a helmet, find out why. Some children don't like to wear helmets because they fear they will be teased by peers for being "geeky" or because they think helmets are unattractive, uncomfortable, or hot. Talk about these concerns with children and choose a helmet they will want to wear. Other prevention strategies:

  • Follow the rules of the road:
    • ride on the right side of the road-with the traffic flow, not against it;
    • obey traffic signs and signals just as if you were driving a car;
    • use correct hand signals;
    • stop at all signs and red lights; and
    • o stop and look both ways before entering a street;
  • Depending on the laws in your community, children may ride on sidewalks and paths.
  • If riding at dawn, at dusk, or at night, wear reflective clothing (not just light-colored clothing) and make sure that the bike has a front headlight and a rear red reflector or flashing red light.

Tips for Scripts

  • INFORM viewers that thousands of people suffer bicycle-related head injuries each year.
  • EDUCATE viewers that bicycle helmets provide effective protection against head
  • injuries.
  • REMIND parents that they serve as role models to their children, and that if parents wear helmets, their children are more likely to also.
  • ADVISE viewers that head injuries can be devastating, recuperation prolonged; a serious head injury could mean a person would be unable to go to school or work.

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