Bike & Pedestrian Safety
Did You Know…
- Each year, more than 3,000 pedestrians and 850 bicyclists are hit by vehicles in NC.
- On average, about 160 pedestrians and 20 bicyclists are killed each year in NC.
- Properly-fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45%.
- Less than half of children under age 14, wear a bike helmet.
- Unintentional, pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related deaths in the US for children ages 5 to 19.
- 76% of pedestrian crashes happen during the week.
- Most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
- 55% of all bike and pedestrian crashes happen between May through September.
Top Safety Tips
- Wear a properly-fitted helmet every time you ride.
- Ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
- Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road.
- Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.
- Wear bright colors and use lights and reflectors on your clothes and bike.
- Make sure the bike’s brakes, gears and tires are working properly.
- Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own.
- Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street.
- Walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult.