Cycling and other wheeled activities are great forms of transportation and recreation. Cycling allows children and youth to be healthy and active as well as have fun. Appropriate steps must be taken however, to ensure that children and youth are safe when participating in these activities. Children, youth, parents, caregivers and communities need to be well-educated regarding the importance of safe cycling practices and the devastating injuries that can occur when practices such as helmet use are not followed. Bicycle related injuries are a major threat to the health of children and youth.
In Saskatchewan, between 2004 and 2013 there was an average of 53.9 cycling-related hospitalizations per year for children and youth under 20 years of age. Children aged 1 to 4 years experience more cycling-related hospitalizations than other age groups. The most commonly injured body part due to cycling is the upper extremity (shoulders, arms, and hands). Head/neck injuries occurred 27.4% of the time. Of the injuries to the head/neck, the majority were classified as traumatic brain injuries.