Last summer, my husband took our 3-year old son out for a mountain bike ride. A regular occurrence, they headed out for a web of trails in the forest. After deciding to take a new trail, they put on their helmets, buckled up their hydration packs and set out.
About 10 minutes into the ride, my son braked quickly. My husband, fearing he would plow straight into the back of his son and unable to get around him, braked knowing he would throw himself off his own bike. He flipped over the handlebars, kicking our son in the head and landed in the brush.
With a crying and scared son, my husband knew he had hurt himself but wasn't sure how badly. Lying there for a few moments and comforting our son, he hoped someone would ride by and provide needed help.
No one came. So they walked out with one arm dangling in shocking pain wondering how they would put the bikes back on top of the car and then drive home.
To make a long story short, my husband had a third degree AC separation in his shoulder joint and couldn't pick up a book, let alone ride a bike, for months.
When we mulled over what had happened, we realized that had he been knocked unconscious, our 3-year old would have been in the middle of the forest with no way to tell someone who to call.
We promptly purchased a Road ID personalized with emergency contact numbers for everyone in the family. Not only do we wear them while riding bikes, they are worn while running, kayaking, and winter sports such as skiing and snowshoeing. We've also put them on our children at events or venues where they might be separated from us.
We feel strongly that bicycle safety should always be a top priority. One the of best things you can do for your child to require them to wear a properly fitting helmet when they are participating in any sport on wheels: tricycle or bike riding, riding a scooter or go-kart, roller skating or skateboarding.
In 2011, roughly 8,000 children ages 14 and under were injured while riding a bicycle. Most parents ensure their children wear helmets and are careful on primary roadways, but are much more likely to become less stringent about it when their children are riding around the neighborhood. The reality is, that for children (ages 0-19), more than half of all deaths occur on minor roadways.
Unfortunately 80-90% of bicycle fatalities were cyclists who were not wearing their helmets.
Thankfully many states, counties, and cities agree that wearing a helmet can help save lives and have passed laws requiring children to wear bicycle helmets when out on a bicycle. As of 2013, there are 21 states plus the District of Columbia with statewide helmet laws and at least 16 states with known city or county wide laws requiring children to wear helmets.
Although most helmet laws require riders age 16 and younger to wear a helmet, the age requirement varies by city or state. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute has a great list of city and county helmet laws and we've presented the state-wide helmet laws below.
|Massachusetts||>1 and <17|
Please remember that just because your state or city does not have a law regarding the use of helmets, it is still of the utmost important that your child always wears a helmet. Putting on a bicycle helmet should only take a few second, but could save your child's life. If your child does not have a helmet or has outgrown theirs, please visit our helmet department to see the many styles and sizes we have available.
Visit Tikes Bikes today and if you order both a bike AND a helmet, Tikes Bikes will take $5 off your purchase when you use discount code: RIDESMART.