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 always wear a helmet. About 800 people in the United States are killed in bicycle accidents each year, most of them from head injuries. A child is four times more likely to be seriously injured in a bicycle crash than to be kidnapped by a stranger. Parents should set the example for all children by wearing an approved 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 information is available to ensure your child's helmet has the correct fit and adjustments.
Other ways to keep a big kid safe when riding a bike are:
Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the firth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 10. Teenagers are now at greatest risk. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths. In 2012, some 53,839 childeren suffered from pedestrian-related injuries.
Every 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. In the spring, Safe Kids Pima County repeats the event with an additional focus on safe biking - Walk and Roll to School Day.