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Written by Jonathan Spicker   
Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Problem of Children Not Wearing Bicycle Helmets
Each year, approximately 300,000 children under the age of 15 suffer a non-fatal bicycle-related injury requiring medical care. Head injuries account for more than 60 percent of bicycle-related deaths, more than two-thirds of bicycle-related hospital admissions and about one-third of hospital emergency room visits. Children ages 10 – 14 are at a greater risk for traumatic brain injury from bicycle related injuries as compared with younger children, most likely because helmet use declines as children increase in age;  helmet use is lowest among children ages 11 to 14.  Research indicates that a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.

The peak incidence of bicycle related injuries and fatalities is in the nine to 15 age group with a male to female ration of 2 to 3:1.  Important risk factors for bicycle related injuries include not wearing a helmet, crashes involving motor vehicles and unsafe riding environments.  Although many parents are aware that their children should wear a bike helmet when riding, still many youth choose not to use them.  A combination of education about helmets, making them available, and passing state legislation increases helmet usage. In fact, children who live in states with laws requiring a bicycle helmet have a 3 fold increase in bicycle helmet usage after passage of legislation.

Indirect costs of cyclists' injuries due to not using helmets are estimated at $2.3 billion each year. (Direct costs at $81 million annually). Every dollar spent on a bike helmet saves society $30 in direct medical costs and other costs to society.  If 85 percent of all child cyclists wore bicycle helmets in one year, the lifetime medical cost savings could total between $109 million and $142 million.


Solution to the Problem
To help increase the overall utilization of bicycle helmets by children, Queen City Wheels, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and District 2 Cincinnati Police has developed a helmet distribution program.  The program consists of both bicycle educational programs and distribution of free helmets for ages 6 – 11 year old children.  It is required that a parent be present with the child to receive the appropriate sized helmet.

The event is in conjunction with National Night Out, August 6th 2013 at Owl’s Nest Park from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Address of Owl’s Nest park is 1984 Madison Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208.

July 24th  press release.

WNKU Radio Interview.

Club and Youth Helmet Program brochure. 

How to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet brochure.


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