As the training wheels come off a child’s bike, the risk for bike and wheeled-related injury may increase. To stay safe on two-, three- and four-wheeled toys and vehicles, big kids need to learn the rules of the road and practice safe behaviors.
A single rule – wear a helmet – can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent. Your child should wear a helmet every time riding a bike or other wheeled toy.
About 800 people in the United States are killed in bicycle accidents each year, most of them from head injuries. Parents should set the example for all children by wearing a helmet every time they ride a bike.
Bike helmets for children – toddlers through teens – are available through the Desert Kids Safety program for FREE. Call (520) 324-5604. Fitting a helmet is a must to ensure your child rides safely, so bring your child with you!
Does your helmet fit properly? Take the Helmet Fit Test….
Other ways to keep a big kid safe when riding a bike are to:
Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. In 2014, more than 40,000 children suffered from pedestrian-related injuries.
Walking while distracted by technology, such as cell phones and headphones, increases the risk of pedestrian injury. Remember "Heads Up Phones Down!"
Each October, Safe Kids Pima County, in partnership with area schools and local Fed-Ex offices, participates in International Walk to School Day. The day engages kids of all abilities, enhances the health of kids, improves the environment and helps raise awareness about creating safe routes to schools.