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What Parents Need to Know

Biking is a healthy, active way for your kids to have fun and get around. It can also be risky—bicycles are involved with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the automobile. Children ages 5-15 are at greatest risk of death and injury on a bike. Many bike injuries are brain injuries which can forever damage a child's ability to think, walk and talk. The good news is that many bike injuries are also predictable and preventable.

The simple step of always wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88%. Your involvement can make a difference: set guidelines, keep an eye on your kids and wear a helmet yourself!

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Contact the Minnesota Safety Council at msc@minnesotasafetycouncil.org, or 651-291-9150/1-800-444-9150.
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