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Experts: Safety First as KY Kids Bike to School

Kentucky kids will learn the rules of the road during Bike to School events. (Pixabay)
Kentucky kids will learn the rules of the road during Bike to School events. (Pixabay)
May 10, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Today is National Bike to School Day, and before millions of kids in Kentucky and other states rush out the door, safety advocates are reminding parents to make sure their children are wearing a helmet.

Preventable injury is the number one killer of children, said Dr. Marcee White, medical adviser for Safe Kids Worldwide, adding that many are hurt on bicycles, skateboards and scooters. Her group surveyed parents about why kids aren't wearing helmets, which can protect against serious head injuries and concussions.

"Forty-seven percent of parents think that the area where they are biking or scootering or skateboarding or skating is safe," she said, "or they view their child as experienced and don't think helmets are necessary."

As for the kids, they said they don't wear helmets because their friends don't, or that the helmet doesn't fit correctly.

Nationwide, White said, 50 children are rushed to the emergency room every hour because of a preventable injury.

McFerran Preparatory Academy in Louisville is among the Kentucky schools that are holding Bike to School Day activities, which organizer Pam Sutton said focus on safety. They've set up a course where kids can learn the rules of the road while riding tricycles.

"The kindergarten students are to learn how to stay within the line and know when to stop where there's red light, green light, yellow light, learning how to cross the street, looking both ways, recognizing left and right," Sutton said. "Also we're going to be talking about 'stranger danger.' "

More than 2,700 schools around the country signed up to participate, including Potter Gray Elementary in Bowling Green and Simmons Elementary School in Versailles.

More information is online at and

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - KY