Bike riding is a popular activity among children that promotes physical fitness and outdoor exploration. However, it is important to recognize the potential risks associated with bike accidents.
Parents, cyclists and drivers should review common bike accident injuries and safety tips to ensure children can enjoy their bike rides while staying safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young cyclists between 10 and 24 suffer almost 33% of all bike injuries resulting in emergency department treatment. One of the most serious bike accident injuries is a head injury. During an accident, a cyclist’s head is vulnerable to impact. Wearing a properly fitting helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries, such as concussions or brain trauma. Parents should make sure their child’s helmet is in good condition and meets safety standards.
When a child falls off their bike, they may extend their arms to break their fall, resulting in fractures in the wrists or arms. Road rash can also occur when a child skids or slides along the ground after a bike accident. Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes can help minimize the risk of road rash.
In addition to protective gear and awareness of potential dangers, children should ride in the same direction as traffic and use designated bike lanes or paths whenever possible. Cyclists should also observe traffic signs and signals, stop at all stop signs and red lights and use hand signals when turning or changing lanes.
Cyclists and drivers should avoid distractions, such as using electronic devices and stay alert and aware of their surroundings. By promoting these safety measures, parents and caregivers can help ensure their children’s bike riding experiences are both fun and safe.