Annapolis Health: Bike and Scooter Safety

| July 23, 2016

Bike safety scooter safety Evolve Medical Clinics Primary Care and Urgent Care for Annapolis, Edgewater, Arnold, Severna Park, Gambrills, Crofton, Davidsonville, Bowie, Waugh Chapel, Stevensville, Kent Island, Glen Burnie and Pasadena.

In an unfortunate accident in Cape St. Claire Friday, a 13 year old child riding a scooter was critically injured after he was struck by a pickup truck when he failed to stop and yield to traffic. The boy was taken to Johns Hopkins with critical injuries and no further information is available.

In this Annapolis Health update, bike and scooter safety are reviewed. Evolve Medical asks parents to take a moment and review these important aspects of bike and scooter safety with their kids.

Bicycles are linked to more childhood injuries than any consumer product except cars. Every year, over half million people in the U.S. are treated in ERs with bicycle-related injuries and kids are at particularly high risk. In 2001, children 15 years and younger accounted for 59 percent of all bike-related injuries.

Bike and Scooter Safety TipsBike and Scooter Safety from Evolve Medical provides the Highest Rated Primary Care and Urgent Care to Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Arnold, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Crofton, Waugh Chapel, Stevensville, Pasadena and Glen Burnie.

Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85%, according to Johns Hopkins.  Another major factor is riding bikes at dusk or once dark–this is the time when most accidents occur. 

  • Make sure your child wears a helmet at all times when cycling, skating or skateboarding.
  • Measure your child’s head before buying a helmet and be sure you get the right size.
  • Ensure children wear their helmets properly;
    • Loose helmets may not protect a child’s head in a crash.
  • Inspect your child’s bike for proper maintenance.
    • This includes checking the brakes, chain, handlebars and seat to ensure they are working properly.

Bike and Scooter Safety: The More You Know

  • Ride with rather than against traffic.
  • Ride single-file, close to the curb.
  • Use proper hand signals when making turns.Bike and Scooter Safety from Evolve Medical provides the Highest Rated Primary Care and Urgent Care to Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Arnold, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Crofton, Waugh Chapel, Stevensville, Pasadena and Glen Burnie.
  • Walk your bike across the street at crosswalks.
  • Use reflectors on your bike and if out after dark, kids must have lights!
  • Wear bright colors so other people and drivers can see you.
  • Kids cannot control a bicycle that is too large.
  • A child must be able to stop the bike by using the brakes.
  • Make certain kids understand and observe all traffic signals and signs.
  • Children who aren’t yet coordinated enough to use hand signals and still maintain control of their bike should not ride in the street.
    • Children should ride on sidewalks until they are at least 10 or 11 years old.
  • Emphasize to kids: Look left, right, and left again, before riding into traffic from a sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot.

If you have any questions or experience and injury or head trauma, Evolve Medical is happy to see you. To schedule an appointment click here for same day on-line scheduling or call 844-322-4222. Or email them at [email protected]

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Bike and Scooter Safety from Evolve Medical provides the Highest Rated Primary Care and Urgent Care to Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Arnold, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Crofton, Waugh Chapel, Stevensville, Pasadena and Glen Burnie.

Evolve Medical provides the Highest Rated Primary Care and Urgent Care to Annapolis, Edgewater, Severna Park, Arnold, Davidsonville, Gambrills, Crofton, Waugh Chapel, Stevensville, Pasadena and Glen Burnie.

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