Bicycle Safety

In Oklahoma, approximately 75–100 persons are hospitalized each year with a brain injury due to a bicycle-related injury. Injuries occur most commonly among children 5–14 years of age accounting for 71% of injuries. Bicycle-related injuries are the third leading cause of nonfatal brain injuries among children 5 9 years of age and the second leading cause of brain injuries among children 10–14 years of age.

Bicycle helmets are 85–88% effective in preventing or reducing brain injuries and every $1 spent on bicycle helmets saves at least $2 in reduced medical care costs.

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