N. Leigh Dunlap

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Back on the Blacktop

Every year, about 300,000 kids end up in an emergency department because of bicycle injuries; some of these result in death, usually from head injuries. So, whether bicycle season in your area is just getting underway or already in full swing, it’s worth taking the time to be sure your kids can ride safely – and that they do so every time.

Resources: http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/bike_safety.html http://www.bicyclinginfo.org/ee/ed_child_main.htm Instructions for fitting a helmet: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/EasyStepsWeb/index.htm


Be your own “pit crew”. Print out and color a checklist of the things to tighten, oil and inflate, and things to take care of before you hit the road.

Did you know:

The first bicycle was made of wood and had no pedals. It was designed to help a person to WALK faster. It was called a “velocipede”, which translates to “fast foot”.