Definition: Bike safety requires consistent and correct use of helmets and compliance with legal riding practices to prevent collisions with motor vehicles, pedestrians, and other bicyclists.
Magnitude of the Problem: Bicycle injuries and deaths disproportionately affect children and young people. In 2005:
- 44% of nonfatal bicycle injuries occurred in children and youth ages 5-20
- children and youth ages 0-20 made up 23% of bicycle fatalities
Prevention: Strategies to improve bicycle safety include:
- properly wearing a helmet approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
- educating individuals on the correct use of helmets
- helmet subsidies and give-away programs
- implementing helmet use legislation
Injury Prevention Links
- Be a Roll Model Campaign and Toolkit from NHTSA and AAA
- Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
- National Center for Bicycling and Walking
- Parent Central: A new website from NHTSA
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
- Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety and SRTS Online Library
- Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! Toolkit – Traffic Safety Campaign from NHTSA and Chuggington
- U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Bike Helmet Legislation Map
- Childhood Injury: Cost and Prevention Facts - Bicycle helmets save medical costs for children
- Focus on Bicycle Safety: A special issue of the CSN Newsletter
- Promoting bicycle safety for children: Strategies and tools for community programs.
- Promoting traffic safety for children and adolescents: State health departments in action.