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.
A video on the bike helmet fit test can be found at: