Did you know?
- Most cyclist fatalities occur at locations, other than intersections, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Head injuries cause 43% of deaths in children between the ages of 5 and 9.
- 70%-80% of all bicycle fatalities involve head injury.
- Last year, almost one-third of bicyclists killed in traffic accidents were between the ages of
5 and 15. The fatality rate for this age group is nearly double that for all bicyclists and the
injury rate is nearly three times higher.
- The majority of children's bicycle injuries do not involve cars, but occur from falls on driveways,
sidewalks and bike paths.
- 85% of head injuries sustained in bicycle crashes could be prevented if cyclists wore helmets.
Most bicycle helmets are made of extended polystyrene, which is lightweight but very effective
at dissipating crash forces.
- Good quality biking helmets can cost as little as $15.
- A properly fitted helmet fits snug on the head and is level from front to back, resting just
above the eyebrows.
- A bike helmet provides little or no protection if the chin strap is not properly adjusting and
- Approved bike helmets will display a sticker indicating conformance with safety standards established
by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
The law: Who must wear bicycle helmets?
- All children under age 14 who are either operators or passengers on bicycles. This includes two-wheeled
bicycles also equipped with training wheels.
- All child passengers over 1 year but under 5 years must be carried in a specially designed child
safety seat. The seat must be securely attached to the bike, equipped with restraints to secure
the child in the seat, and designed to protect the child from all moving bike parts.
Important: It is illegal to carry a child under 1 year old as a passenger on a bicycle, even if
the child is in a pack fastened to the operator.
- An adult operator of a bicycle may be fined up to $50 for each child bicycle passenger violation.
- Parents or guardians are responsible for all bicycle helmet violations by children under age
14. The parent or guardian may be fined up to $50 for each such violation.
Low-cost helmet programs:
- Local police department
- County health department
- County traffic safety board
- School board or PTA
- Hospitals and health care providers
- Bicycle shops and retailers