St. Francis Hosts Bike Rodeo for Teaching Bike Safety
May 07, 2019
Biking causes more injuries to children ages 5 to 14 than any other sport. With almost 50 children going to emergency departments every hour with a wheeled sports-related injury, only 45 percent of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.
CHI Health St. Francis his hosting a first annual Bike Rodeo from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Central District Health Department, 1137 S. Locust St.
Children, accompanied by an adult, are asked to bring their bikes to practice and develop skills to become better bicyclists and help avoid typical crashes. Trained staff will perform helmet checks and fittings in addition to providing safety and road course instructions.
At this free event, St. Francis will also be distributing a limited number of bike helmets, on a first-come, first-served basis, to those in need. Helmets meeting current safety standards are provided at a greatly reduced price: a suggested donation of $10 to the St. Francis Foundation.
Top Safety Tips for Bicycling
There are so many great reasons to ride your bike: It offers fun, freedom and exercise, and it's good for the environment. We want kids and families to ride their bikes as much as possible. Here are a few tips so that you'll be safe while you do so:
- Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.
- Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
- Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don't swerve between cars.
- Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
- Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own.
Bike Helmet Statistics
- Bike helmets reduce head injuries by 85 percent, brain injury by 88 percent.
- In 2015 in the United States, over 1,000 bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries.
- Data from 2010 show fatal and non-fatal crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in
- Lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of $10 billion.
- Children (5-14 years) and adolescents (15-19 years) have the highest rates.
Statistics from SafeKids.org.