School is out and children are embarking on summer adventures with their bicycles. City of North Battleford Community Safety Officers are reminding parents and guardians to stress the importance of safety to young cyclists, especially the use of helmets. Children ages 10 to 19 have the highest rate of hospitalization due to cycling-related head injuries and other injuries compared to all other age groups1.
Young cyclist are refining their motor skills and judgment abilities. The Community Safety Officers will be watching for youth cyclists and ensuring they are wearing bike helmets. Helmet use reduces the risk of head injury and brain injury by up to 85%2. Community Safety Officers have a limited amount of bike helmets to give away to kids they identify as in need of a properly fitted and secure helmet.
Community Safety Officers will be acknowledging youth who are practicing safe cycling with positive ticketing. Youth who have been “caught” will be awarded a certificate and a pass to the Credit Union CUplex Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre, provided by the Leisure Services Department.
This program is possible by funding provided by the Community Safety Officers and individual members of the public. Thank you to North Battleford Canadian Tire for providing the helmets at cost.
Adults are encouraged to be positive role models with bike safety by wearing helmets and promoting, encouraging and engaging in bike safety.
Always use a bike helmet
Use reflective stripes on clothing and bicycles to make the cyclist more visible to motorist
Know and obey traffic rules when cycling on the road
Stop for all stop signs
Look before turning
Learn and use bike hand signals
Traffic Bylaw 1946 – Bicycle Operations, Part IX
For more information:
1Saskatchewan Health, 2007
2Thompson DC, Rivara F, Thompson R, 2009