Bicycles & Children

Bicycles are a source of enjoyment and entertainment for children; bikes also provide them with mobility, a way to visit friends, and explore their surroundings. However, a crash that results in a serious brain injury can greatly reduce a child’s ability to grow up to be healthy and productive. A bicycle is actually a non-motorized vehicle and just like driving a motorized vehicle, there are responsibilities that go along with it to ensure personal safety as well as the safety of others. That’s why it is so important to teach your children the basic principles of bicycle safety.

Did you know that in the event of a crash, wearing a bicycle helmet reduces the risk of brain injury and head injury by as much as 85 to 88 percent? Unfortunately, estimates on helmet usage suggest that only 25 percent of children age 5 to14 wear a helmet when riding a bike; for teen riders, the percentage using a bicycle helmet is close to zero! Children and adolescents’ most common complaints are that helmets are not fashionable or “cool,” their friends don’t wear them, or they are uncomfortable and too hot. Bicycle riders also say that they do not think about the importance of bicycle helmets or safe bicycling habits, nor about the need to protect themselves from injury, particularly if they are not riding in traffic.

Two out of three bicycle injuries involve children and some of these accidents result in death. Wearing a helmet and having a properly maintained bike can greatly reduce your child’s risk of injury. Learn more about how to keep your child riding safely: 

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National Bike Month- Bike To School Day

National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide.

  • Bike to School Day- May 7
  • Bike to Work Week will be May 12-16
  • Bike to Work Day- May 16

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.

National Bike Challenge: May 1- September 20

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists — and encouraging countless new riders. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, your colleagues and your community to ride more while competing on a local, state and national level.

The Challenge runs May 1 to September 30, 2014— sign up today and make every mile count!

In 2013, more than 30,000 riders logged almost 19 million miles in the second year of this friendly online competition. Based on that stunning success, we’re upping the ante in 2014 — aiming for 50,000 riders to pedal more than 30 million miles between May 1 and September 30.