May is Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges bicyclists (and motorists!) to share our roadways by obeying the traffic laws and respecting each other’s rights. Bicycle Safety Month was created to remind the public to put “safety first.”
- Currently in Ohio, estimates indicate that just 10-20% of children wear bike helmets, yet more than 70% of children ages 5 to 14 ride a bicycle regularly.
- 75% of bike-related fatalities would be prevented with a helmet. Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85% and severe brain injury by 88%.
- Apart from the automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product, including trampolines, ladders and swimming pools.
- A $10 bike helmet saves healthcare system $41 per child. If 85% of the children injured in the U.S. per year wore helmets, we could save up to $256 million in just one year!
Here’s how you can be involved in Bike Safety Month this May and all year long!
- 2020 Bike Helmet Safety Toolkit for helmet fitting guidance, coloring pages, and more!
- Encourage your Ohio legislators to participate in Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Month and support legislation requiring helmet use by sending a letter, email or making a phone call. Find your representative here.
- Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. View a sample here.
- Follow us on social media and share your personal message! Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/bikehelmetsafety , or follow us on Twitter at @OHPediatricians .
- Or make a donation TODAY to the Ohio AAP for bike helmet safety!