With warm weather finally paying us a visit in the Quad Cities, I’m sure we aren’t the only family who has been dusting off our bikes.
This is going to be an amazing event – 5 to 10 year olds are invited and should bring their own bikes and helmets. The $5 registration fee includes safety inspections of helmets and bicycles in addition to T-shirts, participation in the safety course and prize drawings.
A big part of bike safety is helmets. So here are a few things you may want to remember about helmets:
It’s about safety.
Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%.
Many bike accidents involve a head injury, so a crash could mean brain damage or death for those without a helmet. And each year in the United States, about half a million kids are seriously injured in bicycle-related accidents.
Most of these injuries could have been prevented if a helmet was worn.
This is terrifying – and it’s enough reason for parents to insist everyone wear a helmet.
It’s the law.
Children under age 16 must wear a bicycle helmet by law. Just like buckling your seat belt or putting your child in a booster seat, a helmet is something that must become part of your routine.
It’s about learning by example.
Remember children learn by what you do.
Helmets protect adults as well – so make sure to have your own well-fitting helmet and wear it every time you ride your bike.
Trust me, you look great.
It’s about fit.
A helmet should be worn on top of the head, covering the top of your forehead. Make sure to take off other hats before putting the helmet on and adjusting the straps to fit snugly.
If the helmet is tipped back, it won’t protect the forehead. A helmet fits well when it doesn’t move around or slide down over your eyes when pushed or pulled.
It’s about visibility.
Pick bright colors or fluorescent colors that are visible to drivers and other cyclists. This is just an extra safety precaution for you and your kids.
So, stay safe and have fun this summer on your bikes!
And don’t forget to get signed up for the Bike Rodeo on May 2.