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Ready for the Ride: Keeping Kids Safe on Wheels

In 2017, Safe Kids conducted an in-depth analysis of current patterns of injury and parents’ beliefs and behaviors related to keeping children safe while bicycling, scootering, skating and skateboarding. The study, which was made possible with support from Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program, surveyed 1,600 parents of 5-14 year olds to discuss their behaviors around these four wheeled sports.

With almost 50 children going to emergency departments every hour with a wheeled sports-related injury, the survey revealed that nearly 50 percent of parents say their child doesn’t always wear a helmet while riding. In fact, 47% of parents who say their child doesn’t always wear a helmet say it’s because they either view their child as being experienced enough to not need one, think the area they ride in is safe or just don’t think the child needs one.

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