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Safe Kids Coalition

Bicycles

 

girl riding bikeMore than 70 percent of 5 to 14 year olds ride a bicycle, which means that the majority of children are at risk for bicycle-related injuries. Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle crashes and is the most important determinant of death and permanent disability.

 

The most important step parents can take to protect their children from bicycle-related injuries is to make sure their children wear a bicycle helmet. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%! Unfortunately, national estimates report that less than one-quarter of child bicyclists use a helmet.

 

What Safe Kids is Doing

 

Safe Kids members go into schools to educate students on bicycle safety, including the proper use of a helmet. Every spring, Safe Kids partners with the Arizona Diamondbacks to coordinate a helmet design competition that includes every elementary school in Maricopa County. A winner is chosen, and their design is placed on helmets that are distributed to the winner and his/her entire class. The class and their chaperones are then given tickets to the Diamondbacks baseball game, where they go onto the field as the winner is presented with a plaque by one of the professional baseball players. Last year, over 8,000 entries were submitted.

 

If you would like Safe Kids to come to your school, call us at 480.429.9535 and leave a message.

 

Bicycle Safety Tips for Parents

 

  • Always wear an approved bicycle or multi-sport helmet... make it a rule.

  • Helmet fit should be comfortable and snug, not too tight and strap buckled.

  • Proper bicycle fit for the child and maintenance are important. Feet should reach the ground while sitting on the bike seat, brakes should work, reflectors should be secure, gears should shift smoothly, and tires should be secured and properly inflated.

  • Model and teach proper bicyclist behavior.

  • Always stop, listen, and look left-right-left before entering the street.

  • Watch out for cars coming out of driveways and alleys, or pulling away from the curb.

  • Scan for danger by looking forward, backward, to the left, and to the right, and before entering traffic to the left again.

  • Always use hand signals and follow traffic rules.

  • Ride single file on the right side of the road with traffic.

  • At intersections, always get off the bike and walk it across the street.

  • Young children should not ride alone or at night.

  • Remember to obey all other traffic rules.

 

What Parents Should Teach Kids

 

  • A bicycle is not a toy. Riding a bike, especially around traffic, is an important responsibility.

  • Require them to wear a helmet every time they ride.

  • Ride with traffic, not against it, and ride as far to the right as possible.

  • Use appropriate hand signals.

  • Respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and red lights.

  • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street.

  • Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left at intersections.

  • Don't ride when it is dark. If riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening is unavoidable, wear retro reflective material on clothing or bike, and use lights on the bike.

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Safe Kids Coalition of Maricopa County

 

Street Address:
4041 N. Central Ave.
Suite 700
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

Telephone:
602.506.6850

 

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