Did You Know?
- Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury when a crash occurs by as much as 85 to 88 percent.
- Children with bicycle-related head injuries are more likely to require hospitalization and to have their injuries result in death.
- More than one-fifth of all bicyclist deaths occur among school-age youth ages 5 to 15.
- More children go to hospital emergency departments for bicycle-related crashes than for any other sport.
- Of child bicyclists (16 years and under) killed on the road, 49 percent are killed while bicycling on minor roads (connecting roads and neighborhood streets) and almost 49 percent are killed while bicycling on major roads (high-volume roads across cities and towns).
- Almost half of bicycle crashes occur in driveways or on sidewalks.