Riding a bicycle is often a summertime tradition. Not only is it fun, but it’s also a great way to get exercise. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. In 2016, wheeled sport injuries were the seventh leading cause of injury for kids in northern Ohio. That’s why Akron Children’s provides bicycle safety programming and safety tips for the community. With programming through our Safe Mobility Project, a collaboration with the Goodyear Foundation, we’re committed to helping kids avoid unintentional injuries whether they’re on two, three or four wheels.
Wear a Helmet Every Time You Ride. And Be Sure It Fits.
Helmets can save lives and prevent brain injury. About 75% of all deaths related to bicycle accidents can be avoided by wearing a bicycle helmet. Here are a few things to remember to achieve a good fit for your child’s helmet.
- Be sure it fits snug to the crown of the head and is not too far forward or backward.
- Use the two-finger test. The bottom of the helmet visor should rest only two fingers above the eyebrows.
- Straps should fall in a V-shape below the child’s chin.
- Give the helmet a wiggle to be sure it passes the “wiggle” test and doesn’t slide or shift.
- Never wear a hat under a helmet. It can compromise its effectiveness.
- Use reflector stickers to make sure your child is more visible to drivers.
- If a helmet has been in a crash or fall, replace it immediately.
- And finally, be sure to set a good example by wearing a helmet yourself.
The Safe Mobility Project
The Safe Mobility Project is a collaboration between Akron Children’s Hospital and the Goodyear Foundation. It enables the hospital and community partner organizations to expand child safety programs focusing on child passenger seats, bike helmets and teen drivers.
Bringing more to childhood means helping your family safely make the most of every moment. For more information on bicycle safety, see the links below.