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Kids and Bicycle Safety: Picking the Right Helmet

The best protection your child can have while riding is a helmet. But how do you select the right helmet for your child? It’s not enough to just pick the one that has the Batman design your child likes best. Safety is the most important part of picking the right helmet. Young people are especially prone to bicycle injuries. Children ages five and older as well as young adults have the highest rates of bicycle injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. They account for almost 60 percent of bicycle injuries requiring U.S. emergency room visits. A helmet can reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by up to 85 percent. When selecting a helmet, look for a Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) sticker inside the helmet. Never buy a helmet for your child to grow into. It should fit based on the current size of the child’s head….
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To Helmet, or Not to Helmet: What’s Wrong with Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Laws?

Helmets are specifically designed to protect your head in the event of a crash, and they are actually quite effective at it, so why are more and more cyclists and lawmakers speaking against mandatory bicycle helmet laws around the country? Cycling advocates have a list of reasons as to why mandatory helmet laws, particularly for adult riders, should be done away with. Here are a few of them: Mandatory helmet laws make cycling seem intimidatingly dangerous, dissuading would-be riders from enjoying the health and economic benefits. The helmet laws are inconvenient. Requiring a rider to buy and wear a helmet every time they want to go for a spin could deter some people from riding. Some cyclists argue that helmets actually cause more wrecks. Impaired visibility and hearing may lead to more accidents. These are some of the more popular arguments. However, it is important to note that some cycling…
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