Promote Bicycle Helmet Use
By Greg Friese
Category: Injury Prevention
My son is getting a bike for his fourth birthday. He has already ridden hundreds of miles in a trailer towed behind my bike. He loves the fresh air, riding through the woods, and seeing trucks. He has never experienced bike riding without a helmet; he will be getting a new bike helmet for his birthday, as well.
However, many children, and parents, are not aware of the dangers of riding a bike without a helmet. Is your EMS service involved in community injury prevention efforts? Here are a few ideas and resources for promoting bicycle helmet use.
- Discuss the importance of bicycle helmet use and proper fit during station tours for pre-school and school age kids.
- Be a role model by wearing a bicycle helmet when riding your bike to and from the station.
- Partner with your local hospital’s injury prevention program to distribute helmets and teach bicycle safety.
- Host an event or clinic in May during National Bike Month. Ask your local cycling club to put on demonstrations and provide instruction.
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This video from Safe Kids USA tells the story of a child who survived a crash with a vehicle while on his bicycle.