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Bike SafetyBicycle Safety

            In an average year in Utah, 6 bicyclists are killed and nearly 850 are involved in crashes with motor vehicles. Head injury is the leading cause of death in bicycle/motor vehicle-related crashes. Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to lower your risk of head injury and death in a bicycle crash. Central Utah Public Health Department provides bike rodeos to various organizations throughout our six county health district.  Requests for bike rodeos come from schools, scout troops, church groups,  community centers, and private businesses. Bike rodeos are designed to teach children to obey road signs just as people in cars have to and to always ride on the right side of the road with traffic. Miniature road signs are placed around a bike course in a parking lot and the youth each take a turn to riding through it. Prior to the bike rodeo the youth have a lesson on bike safety. To emphasize the importance of wearing bike helmets we use a fun visual aid that consists of two plastic heads and one plastic helmet. An egg is placed in one head without the helmet and one head with a helmet. The egg in the head without the helmet breaks when dropped on the ground and the egg in the head with the helmet stays intact.  When resources are available we also provide youth with coloring books on bike safety and pencils with helmet erasers.
            Although supplies vary, we do have a limited number of bike helmets available at the health department for $5.00. (Supplies are based on current grant funding and donations.) Educational materials are available for community members as well. To find out more about bicycle safety, contact your local county office, or visit http://health.utah.gov/vipp/bicycleSafety/overview.html.
Top Bike Safety Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:

  1. We have a simple saying: "Use your head, wear a helmet." It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
  2. Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
  3. Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers. Bikers should make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.
  4. When riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, be bright and use lights – and make sure your bike has reflectors as well. It's also smart to wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve biker visibility to motorists.

bicycle safetyA video on the bike helmet fit test can be found at:
                     http://www.safekids.org/video/bike-helmet-fit-test
  Safe Kids YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/safekidsusa?feature=watch


 

 

 

 

September 20, 2016