Kids ride bicycles a lot during the summer. In this day and age, there are more of them who have taken bike riding as a form of recreation. They can cover some pretty good distances and tough riding paths as they do. They also get experimental with things like the BMX bike riding stunts. I am impressed with one US State that recognizes the importance of bicycle safety for kids. This same safety also applies to adults as well.
National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month which includes days like Bike to Work Day (May 19th) & Bike to Work Week (May 15th-19th). The day for our children who are in school has a Bike to School Day which was on May 9th. All of these days are designed to encourage people to ride bikes more often.
This is a good thing because cycling is good for the health of people of all ages. This also means more riders and more chances of accidents happening. This is why bicycle safety should always be a focal point.
Bike Helmet Awareness Safety Month
The State of Ohio is the state I was mentioning earlier. One of their cities which is Marietta, OH. has joined forces with its Health Dept. to educate children & their parents about riding safely.
The State of Ohio Health Dept. allotted $1,500 to supply kids with bike helmets along with a grant for an additional 72 helmets to be distributed.
The AAP over the course of the years since 2011 have given out over 30,000 helmets to kids for their safety. This is an outstanding concern for the youths in their city I must say.
These helmets go to kids ages 4 to 15 years of age but they fit kids for these helmets up to the age of 18 years of age as well. Because they feel that bicycle safety is important from a city liability point of view, children 15 years & younger must wear a helmet when cycling, skateboarding, roller skating, rollerblading, using a scooter or similar wheeled devices in the city.
Now I am sure that there are other cities who share these same ideas but I am really impressed by how the State of Ohio let it be known.
Why this is needed in All States
In the State of Ohio, the year 2010 seen 51,000 people injured by not having a helmet. It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of children wear helmets but at the same time 70 percent of children ages 5 to 14 ride regularly. That percentage could stand to go up.
This means that more accidents could be not as fatal simply from wearing a helmet. 75% less to be exact. Head injuries can be reduced by 85% & severe brain injuries by 88%. These are some major statistics.
I myself as a bike rider know the importance to always think of safety since I have been clipped twice this year by automobiles. From the helmets to the lighting. From the temperatures to obeying cycling laws. They all fit hand in hand to protect everyone who rides a bicycle no matter where you are.
Thank you for visiting and you can pick up some safety equipment & bike lighting here at Ron’s Cycle Plus on this site.