Bike Safety and Pedestrian Safety
· Each year, almost 600,000 children sustain bicycle-related injuries;
· And; over ninety percent of bicycle-related deaths involve collisions with motor vehicles. Pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. for children ages 5 - 14.
Tips for properly fitting a bike helmet:
· By wearing a properly fitted bike helmet, a child can reduce the risk of serious brain injury by eighty-five percent.
· First, adjust the fit pads. They should touch the head evenly and the helmet should sit level on the head.
· Second, adjust the chin straps which should fit snugly and the rim should be visible when your child looks up.
· Finally, move the helmet side-to-side. If the skin near your child's eyebrows moves with the helmet, he or she is ready to ride.
Tips for safe street crossing:
· Teach children to always look left, right, and then left again before crossing a street.
· Remind them to ONLY cross at a corner, green light or walk sign.
· Make sure children are visible by making sure they wear brightly colored or reflective clothing when biking or walking when it's dark, raining or foggy outside.
· Remind them to NEVER run out into the street after a toy, ball or pet. Find an adult to help instead.
· Teach them to always obey traffic lights and signs.
· Remind them to always walk on sidewalks when one is available and to avoid walking on curbs or in the street.