Did You Know...
- Studies have shown that using a helmet can reduce head injuries up to 85 percent.
- Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency rooms, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries (obtained from National Center for Injury and Prevention Control).
- Children are at particularly high risk for bicycle-related injuries. In 2001, children 15 years and younger accounted for 59 percent of all bicycle-related injuries seen in US emergency rooms. (Obtained from National Center for Injury and Prevention Control)
What You Can Do...
- Wear a helmet. Look for helmets with a label stating they are recommended by either the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation.
- Wear light-colored, close-fitting clothing.
- Teach children to obey the rules of the road.
- Teach children to look left-right-left and to walk the bike across busy streets.
- Make sure the bike has front and rear reflectors.
- Make sure the bike is adjusted properly and all parts are secure and working.
- Make sure the handlebars are firmly in place and turn easily.
- Check tires for pressure, bulges and cracks.
- Make sure children do not show off on their bikes.
- Record the serial numbers of your bike and keep the sales receipt and a photo. Register your bicycle with the Greensboro Police Department.
- Mark your children's bikes with an engraver.
- National Crime Prevention Council
- Visit the Safe Guilford website
- Download the "The Smart Route to Bicycle Safety" Brochure
- Download the "The Smart Route to Bicycle Safety - Espanola" Brochure
- North Carolina's Bike Helmet Law
- Bike Safety Postcard - for cyclists and motorists