Should a child wear helmet when biking?
Children will be riding their bikes around town for the summer months of course but a local boy has a warning for us. Most of the expert think that child should always wear a helmet when biking or on the balance bike. Now we will deliver our opinion about this question – Should your child wear a bike helmet at the time of biking? Let’s start now.
I want to kick kids and parents to wear their helmets so this doesn’t happen to them as it has happened to us. Its cut a month ago my nephew hit a bump and fell off of his bike while at a relative’s home. He was injured seriously. He wasn’t wearing a bike helmet. If he would wear a helmet he would safe from this serious injury. So every child should always wear a helmet when biking.
Should cyclists be forced to wear helmets?
It’s a subject guaranteed to start an argument.
Driver: Have you got a helmet on? No!
Cyclist: I don’t have to wear a helmet!
Everyone has an opinion. The problem is, they’re normally not based on evidence.
Let’s start with something straightforward. I don’t have a problem with bike helmets. In fact, when I ride a bike, I usually wear one. And if I fall off my bike and my helmet is properly fitted and I hit something at low speed, the evidence shows. It’s probably going to help me.
So making cyclists wear helmets is a good thing, right?
Well, here’s where it starts to get complicated.
Let’s hear first from a doctor who has to deal with head injuries.
I’ve seen patients sustain devastating skull fractures, brain injuries, indeed survivable brain injuries as a consequence of the head striking the ground.
Last year when I was cycling across America, a truck’s wing mirror smashed into the back of my head at 70 mph, knocking me off my bike and onto the road.
But I was lucky. I was wearing a helmet.
If I hadn’t been, I’d be dead.
I honestly believe that cycle helmet legislation would significantly reduce the proportion of cyclists that are currently killed on our roads.
So it’s pretty clear: helmets can save lives.
But let’s hear from another doctor – one who looks at health not just for individuals but across whole populations.
There are very good indications that forcing people to wear bike helmets makes cycling less appealing to people and probably reduces the amount of cycling that takes place.
And there’s an overwhelming body of evidence that the health benefits of cycling vastly, vastly outweigh the health risks.
Also, cycling isn’t as dangerous as people think.
Here in Britain there is one death for about every 30 million miles cycled.
That’s around 100 cyclists killed every year.
In fact, it’s about as safe as walking.
But in that same year, well over 85,000 people die early because of illness caused by inactive living, mainly things like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
And these are precisely the sort of conditions that cycling can play a really, really big role in preventing.
Cycling is one of the best ways that we can help fight that, I mean cycling as part of transport, as part of everyday life means that people get a moderate workout regularly.
It’s not something that you have to go to the gym to do.
They can do it on their way to work, on their way to the shops, and so on.
So enforcing the wearing of cycle helmets, even if it were the case that it made cycling safer, would still lead to an overall cost in public health terms.
And something else happens when cyclists put on a helmet, something that seems hardwired into our nature.
Scientists call it ‘risk compensation’.
Basically, that means if you have more protection, you tend to take more risks.
We got people into the lab and we told them we were going to look at decision-making whilst they wore an eye-tracking device.
It came with a baseball cap or it came with a bicycle helmet. And then we got them to do various decision-making tasks and gambling tasks. We found that the people who were given the helmets took more risks on the gambling tasks and seemed to show higher sensation seeking measures.
So riders seem to be using that extra protection to be more reckless.
But here’s where it gets scarier.
Other road users then seem to take more risks with cyclists too.
In another experiment, Ian went out on his bike fitted with a measuring device.
Sometimes he wore a helmet, sometimes he didn’t.
And he found that when he was wearing the helmet, traffic would, on average, pass him more closely.
Sometimes dangerously so.
We had two possible explanations for that.
It might just be that if you’re wearing a helmet you look more experienced and drivers respond to that.
Or the other possible explanation was drivers were essentially thinking: ‘he’s protected, I can take risks’.
So what has happened when countries have made bike helmets compulsory?
Scientists have done major studies in three countries: Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, to try and find out whether helmets improved overall safety.
Keep your head together, wear a helmet! Their conclusion? There’s no evidence that they do. This is why lots of cycling experts get really frustrated when cycle safety campaigns get based around helmets and high-viz only.
Wear a bicycle helmet every time that you ride, got to strap it on kids, and wear your helmet with pride.
Someone who knows these frustrations better than most is Chris Boardman, the former Olympic champion turned cycle campaigner.
Helmets are quite a divisive topic. They tend to be people’s reaction to an environment: “I feel helpless, there’s nothing I can do.” Cycling is a safe activity. It’s the environment that’s dangerous. It’s that that we need to change …
The Dutch have spent 40 years building safe bike lanes and over there almost nobody rides wearing a helmet. But in the Netherlands, cycling is about four times as safe as it is in Britain. One thing the Dutch do is removing a lot of the motor traffic from neighborhoods.
So that residential street is not really busy with people trying to cut through, avoid the main road, you know, take a short cut and so on. I would suggest to people if you want to wear a helmet, wear a helmet whatever makes you feel comfortable to ride a bike.
And I think for all of us the message is: if there is a freedom to choose, which, of course, there should be, then let it be freedom, which means I’m not going to impose my will on you either way.
In fact, if you look purely at head injuries for all road users, the greatest number is amongst motorists. So maybe if anyone should be forced to wear helmets. It should be them.
Kids, Watch What Can Happen If You Don’t Wear a Helmet!
Want to ride your bike, go for it but you’ve got to wear your helmet. The helmet protects your head. If you crash your head where your brain is, check this out imagine.
This is your head wearing your helmet handsome fellow but then you wipe out and you hit your head on the street good as new the helmet protected our head. but what happens.
If you fall with no helmet on that’s why you must always wear a helmet when you ride your balance bike, bike or scooter, or a skateboard or roller or inline skates. A helmet that fits correctly can protect your brain and it might even save your life. Physicians care about you. So get moving to stay safe and wear a helmet to protect you.
Bike Safety: How to Fit Kids for Bike Helmets
Now I’m going to measure you and fit you for a bike helmet and make sure that your helmet fits properly. So first I’m going to take this measuring tape and measure the circumference of your head.
So I’m going to place the measuring tape in the middle of your forehead and put it around
So I can get a great tight but snug measurement. Your head is 21 and .25 centimeters which means you are a medium size helmet and this is the helmet here.
So we’re going to place this on your head, like this, and when you fit kids for helmets you always want to make sure that there are, that the helmet sits 2 fingertips above the eyebrow and you want to make sure that the ear straps on the side come down in 2 V’s and that you get no more than two fingers into the chin strap. The statistics on how well a bike helmet protects your head in the event of an accident is 85% to 90% of the time
And if you’re on the road, sharing the road with cars and trucks and pedestrians and motorcycles and you’re riding a bike you should have on a bike helmet.
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