Bicycle & Wheeled Sports Safety
Helmets protect from brain injury—a potentially serious consequence of sports injuries—and should be used for all contact sports, as well as in-line skating and skateboarding. Children, especially, should wear helmets when engaged in sports activities where impact could result in head injury. This includes children riding to school on bikes, scooters, inline skates and skateboards.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (2010), observed bicycle helmet use among children under the age of 16 was only 57%, statewide. In Oregon between 2012-2014, 1 child ages 1 – 14 years old were killed and 139 were hospitalized from pedal cycle crashes. An additional 2 youth ages 15 – 19 years old were killed and 80 were hospitalized.
Free or Low-priced Helmets
Legacy Health and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough provide low-cost multi-sport helmets through their Safety Center and at community sales events throughout the metro region. The Tom Sargent Safety Store at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital also has helmets at a reduced cost.
We are often asked where someone can find a free or low-priced helmet. Check first with your local Safe Kids coordinator. He/she will often know what local organization has, or might have, helmets. Schools or community groups interested in larger amounts should bulk-buy helmets. There are numerous vendors that offer group sales of helmets at wholesale prices. And, lastly, check the sale prices at your local retailer–helmets go on sale frequently throughout the year.
Safe Kids Tip Sheets and Research
Bike Helmet Fit Test video
The Bicyclist’s Survival Guide – ODOT – Transportation Safety Division
Bicycle helmets – Any youth under age 16 riding a bike or when a passenger on a bike in any public place (streets, roads, sidewalks, parks, etc.) must wear bicycle helmets labeled ANSI and/or Snell approved.
Safety helmets – Any youth under age 16 riding on skateboards, scooters and in-line skates in any public place (streets, roads, sidewalks, parks, etc.) must wear a safety helmet labeled ANSI and/or Snell approved.