Bicycle injuries to children were the fourth leading cause of childhood injury requiring hospitalization in Delaware in 2013 according to the 15th Annual Delaware Emergency Medical Services Oversight Council (DEMSOC) report. In fact the 10-14 year old age group had the second highest number of injuries in this category (30) surpassed only by those in the 50 – 59 age category (33).
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more children ages 5 to 14 are seen in emergency rooms nationwide for injuries related to biking than any other sport. Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent – yet only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet. Safe Kids Delaware works through its partner members to educate parents and children about the importance of wearing and using properly fitting bicycle helmets.
Presentations on bicycle safety for Kindergarten through 5th grades classes are available by contacting Contact Kim O’Malley of the Delaware State Fire School at 302-739-4773 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bicycle rodeos are also available for 4th and 5th grade classes.
Delaware Bicycle Laws and helmet laws:
Any person under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle on Delaware roads. For a complete list of Delaware’s bike laws click here
Videos for Rules of the Road and Fitting a Bike Helmet:
Rules of the road
Fitting a Bike Helmet
..A well-fitted helmet is your most important piece of safety gear.
..Wear bright-colored clothing so others can see you.
..Avoid wearing loose clothing that can get caught in the pedals or chains.
..Wear shoes that can grip, like sneakers.
»»Make sure your laces are tied tight.
»»Avoid riding in flip-flops or bare feet.
..Avoid riding at dusk or in the dark.
..Allow extra time for braking on wet roads.
..Never wear headphones. You need to hear what is going on around you.
..Never have more than one person on a bike at a time.
..Ride on the right side of the road and obey traffic lights, signals and signs.
..Know your arm signals: right, left and stop.
..Kids under the age of 8 should not be riding on the road. Kids from 8-10 years old can ride on the street with an adult watching.
..When riding with friends always ride in a single line.
..Be aware of parked cars – they may open their door or pull into traffic.
To see more tips about bike safety – click to view this brochure from our partners at Kohl’s
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