Gear-up For Bike Safety

It’s the time of year when kids are hopping on their bikes more and more, so parents have been pedaling lots of questions at me about bicycle safety.  Well, let me see if I can gear-up and answer some of those questions. 

Every year more than one million children go to emergency rooms for bike-related accidents and about 500 under the age of 15 die – half of the total deaths from these incidents. If you don’t want your child to be a bicycle accident injury statistic, here are a few reminders:

Hopefully tips like this will put the brakes on any concerns you have when it comes to keeping your child safe on a bicycle this summer.

Lewis First, M.D., is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at http://www.FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids