“Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash, but only 18 percent of bicyclists wear them,” says Angela Katz, Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at WMCHealth. Ensuring that children wear helmets correctly and consistently starts with parents wearing them, says Katz. “Be a role model for your children.”
Look for helmets that are well-ventilated, with openings to keep riders cool, as well as an adjustable fit in the back. “This ensures the strap is not tight but is snug and comfortable and that the helmet stays in place without rocking off the head,” Katz explains. Expect to spend between $20 and $30, and: “Remember, they will grow out of them, so keep a fair range on the cost.” Bright fluorescent clothing, white front lights and red taillights will provide the “active lighting and rider visibility,” to enhance rider safety.