Richland Hospital Health & Safety Tips

Bicycle Safety

Bicycling Accident Facts

  • Children between the ages of 10 and 14 have the highest death rate.
  • Nine of ten bicycling deaths involve collision of the bicyclist with a motor vehicle, and most involve head or neck injury.
  • Male riders have a higher injury and death rate.
  • Most injuries occur during warm months and in the afternoon or early evening.
  • Children are often seriously injured when they ride out of a driveway, side street, or alley into the path of a motor vehicle.
  • Falls from bicycles are very common and they may result in serious head injuries or fractures.
  • Stunt riding, double riding and clothing entanglement also contribute to injury. The quality of the riding surface affects the likelihood of a fall.

Bicycle Accident Prevention Tips

  • Bicyclists, especially child bicyclists, should be separated from motor vehicle traffic whenever and wherever possible.
  • All cyclists should wear a helmet. Most serious injuries and deaths are due to head injuries.
  • Carry infants in a special protective carrier that shields and restrains the child.
  • Avoid riding in the street or on the road (children).
  • Obey traffic rules when riding on the road (older children and adolescents).
  • Avoid riding after dark. If you do ride in the dark, add lights to your bike and wear reflective clothing.
  • The bike should be the correct size for the rider.

Bicycle Helmet Checklist

Buy a helmet that meets the safety standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation.

    • Always do the following to ensure a proper fit:
      • Place the helmet directly over the forehead.
      • Tighten the chinstrap to keep the helmet from slipping forward or backward.
      • Only two fingers should it under the chinstrap.

Wearing a helmet correctly is vitally important to the ability of the helmet to work. Wear the helmet regularly. This is the single most effective protection against brain injury.

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute Bicycle Helmets for Children Web Page