Bike Safety

Bike Safety

Bike Safety

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:

  • According to Safe Kids, every day almost 630 children are injured due to cycle-related crashes.
  • Approximately 229,811 children went to the ER for bicycle-related injuries in 2009.
  • In 2008, 11% of bicycle-motor vehicle crash fatalities were children ages 0-14. Children accounted for 21% of nonfatal injuries in this category, according to NHTSA.

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

The Medical Costs of Childhood Injuries: Deaths

In 2015, the total medical costs of injury-related deaths of children age 19 and younger was $153.2 million. This infographic breaks out the medical cost of child deaths by injury topic.

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This is part of a series on the costs of childhood injuries.

Additional infographics on the medical costs of childhood injuries:

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Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

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Pediatric Bicycle Injury Prevention and the Effect of Helmet Use: The West Virginia Experience | WV Medical Journal

The primary objective of this 2012 study from the WV Medical Journal was evaluation of the injury pattern of children 14 years old or less involved in bicycle accidents and comparison of the differences between those wearing a helmet and not wearing a helmet. This study of the West Virginia pediatric population demonstrates findings similar to prior studies looking at the effectiveness of helmets in preventing injuries during a bicycle crash. Bicycle helmets were shown to significantly reduce the rates of both skull fractures and intracranial hemorrhage.

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Traffic Safety Facts Traffic Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) researches traffic safety in order to reduce accidents. The NHTSA provides the public with information on safety topics, such as safety belts and child seats, air bags, and defects in motor vehicles. Traffic Tech is a publication produced by NHTSA.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Traffic+Techs

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Promoting Bicycle Safety for Children: Strategies and Tools for Community Programs

This tool was created for State Maternal & Child Health (MCH) and injury prevention programs to disseminate to local health departments and community organizations interested in developing effective bike safety programs for children and youth.

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