Riding into Family Fun

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Before enjoying your bike ride, it’s very important to make sure your family is safe by properly fitting their helmets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey revealing that only 48 percent of children ages 5 to 14 wore a helmet when riding a bike. In 2010, 800 bicyclists were killed, and it’s estimated that about 515,000 people required emergency department care due to bicycle-related injuries. About half of these cases were children under the age of 20! There are about 26,000 cases of adolescent traumatic brain injury annually.

Learn more about bike safety at Marlborough Hospital’s Safe Summer Fun Day on June 6.

Here is a six-step guide from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure your family has a safe, fun ride. It explains how to properly fit a bike helmetWatch our video.

Here are a few places for you and your family to ride their bikes:

Central Massachusetts rail trails

Places to bike across our state

Blog post originally appeared on Simply Well at UMASS Memorial Medical Center