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Old 03-25-2020, 01:44 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I see kids on bikes but I never notice whether or not they are wearing helmets. I am more interested in watching carefully that they don't swerve into traffic.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:56 PM
 
Location: NW Oregon
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I never wore a helmet when I was a kid. Whether it was skateboards, rollerblades or mountain bikes. I realize now I was very lucky. I only had one head injury when I was 12, and it was enough to put me in the hospital overnight.

As an adult I always wear one. A few years ago I crashed while riding a freeride mountain bike trail. Headfirst into the ground and nothing more than a red mark on my forehead that lasted a couple days. I imagine it wouldn't have gone well had I not been wearing a one.
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:18 PM
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Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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When they tell me I have to wear a helmet to ride my bicycle is the day you'll see a for sale sign on my bike. My son, DIL, and kids (12 and 14) all ride on long bike rides. When they're on these 25-40 mile bike rides, they all have helmets on. But when just riding around town the helmets stay hanging on the wall in the garage.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:11 PM
 
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Our kids do.

My husband had a bad bicycle accident as a kid that ended up at a hospital, with a helmet that probably saved his life. He had stitches and still has a huge scar. I once hit a rock a few feet from my house, bounced off the bike and headfirst onto the sidewalk, and the helmet cracked in half, but I was fine. *Eta, I flew off the bike, landed on my head, then flipped over. Like a somersault.

Growing up in an UMC late 1990s neighborhood, most of the kids did. It was like, unheard of to NOT wear a helmet. We rode our bikes all over, and even the cool rebellious kids wore helmets and protective gear on scooters.

In our neighborhood, it's more middle class and largely military, and I'd estimate about 1/2 the kids are not wearing helmets. Some are a very young age, it's very disturbing. There's been some close calls.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:25 PM
 
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Our neighborhood is very small, with only 3 streets, two of which end in cul-de-sacs. Kids ride their bikes between houses without helmets. Outside the neighborhood, it's rare to see kids biking at all. The hilly terrain and inconsistency of bike lanes make the roads too dangerous. We have a few adult biking groups, and they all wear helmets.

There is a great paved trail system connecting several towns, and signs are posted mandating helmets be worn. And since the trails are regularly patrolled by police who give out citations, everybody wears them.
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:43 AM
 
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My kids always wore helmets. Of course, we did not back in the 70s, 80s. Not where I grew up anyway. But we're a lot smarter these days.

No reason not to wear a helmet, IMO. Kids would get used to it, if given the chance, and won't even know the have it on.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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I live in Canada where Hockey is a quasi religion, so every kid who plays even at the youngest age group level must wear a helmet. That carries over to other sports activities.


My pet beef with kids on bikes and boards is...….the helmets are not fitted properly, and that blame lies on the Parents lack of attention to buying the proper size, and instructing the kids HOW to wear them.


If you see a kid whose helmet is sitting 5 inches back from their forehead on the top of their skull its useless in protecting their frontal brain area. In just about every fall off a bike or board the child falls forward, and hits their face/forehead. What good does that helmet do if its not protecting the kid's forehead.

The proper ( and easy ) way to fit a kids helmet is... no more than three fingers width between the kids eyes, and the frontal edge of the helmet. Chin straps should be adjusted so that the strap is tight enough so that a blow to the rear of the helmet will NOT dislodge it forwards.


Source. Ten years as a Ambulance officer here in Toronto. Head injuries to kids are a common summer time emergency call.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:02 AM
 
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Never used or even seen a helmet as a kid back in the 70’s. A few minor concussions and broken bones and get back on your bike and ride. Kids were tough back then.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Never used or even seen a helmet as a kid back in the 70’s. A few minor concussions and broken bones and get back on your bike and ride. Kids were tough back then.
I was a kid in the 60's and 70's. No, bike helmets were never seen or used by kids because they were not available at every place that sold bikes.

Fewer cars had seat belts at that time. It doesn't mean we shouldn't use them now just because we didn't use them decades ago. The same with car seats for children. It's called progress.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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On a neighborhood walk I saw a dad with his two young kids riding little bikes with helmets.

The kids were charming. The little girl told me a bunch of stuff that I understood not a word of. But I enjoyed the interaction, anyway,

But yeah, helmets were in place.
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