Northwest NEWS

April 2, 2001

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Bicycle safety riding on busier streets demands greater skills to avoid collisions.
   If children develop safe cycling skills and learn to follow the rules of the road, many collisions can be avoided.
   Some accidents, however, happen through no fault of the cyclist, so children must be taught to ride defensively and to wear bicycle helmets.
   Each year there are over 600 children killed in bicylce-related accidents. 60% of children's injuries occur on minor roads, usually within 1 mile of home. 60% of bicycle injury deaths in children are a result of severe head injuries. 85% of all head or brain injuries could have been avoided if cyclists wore bike helmets.