State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today joined the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP), Akron Councilwoman Veronica Sims and area families to raise awareness about the importance of bike helmet safety as a part of Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week at the Helen Arnold Community Learning Center. 

“As young children first learn to ride a bicycle, it is essential that we teach them the importance of wearing a bike helmet for protection,” said Sykes. “I was proud to partner with the Ohio AAP to promote Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week and help our children learn how to have fun and stay safe when riding a bike in their neighborhood.” 

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 11 young Ohioans died from bicycle-related traumatic brain injures (TBIs) from 2002 to 2009. In addition, over 9,000 Ohio youth were treated in emergency departments and 723 were hospitalized for bicycle- and other wheeled recreation-related TBIs during that period. Helmets are 85 to 88 percent effective in mitigating head and brain injuries, making helmet use the single most effective way to reduce bicycle-related brain and head injuries.  

The bike helmet safety assembly was followed by a bike rodeo, a bicycle skills event that provided an opportunity for children to practice and develop skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes. Volunteers were also on hand to help conduct bicycle helmet fittings for the children in attendance. 

Editor’s note: photos from today’s event are attached.



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