Children can be hurt riding a bicycle on or off the road. Most children who are killed in bike crashes are 7 to 12 years old. The most serious injuries children get while biking are head and brain injuries. These injuries can cause death or lifelong disability.
Bicycling can be an enjoyable alternate form of transportation as well as recreation for children and adults when safety is practiced. Properly fitting safety helmets are a must for riders of all ages.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles
Bicycle and other safety information for children. www.SafeKids.org