From kids riding in the neighborhood to adults commuting to work, the arrival of summer means more people are out on bicycles. Only about 1 in 4 children consistently wear a helmet when they are riding, putting their brains and lives at risk every day.

 I’ve seen the consequences of accidents where children did not wear a bicycle helmet. Bike helmets can reduce the risk of a serious head injury by 85 percent and prevent 3 out of 4 bicycle-related deaths. The $20 for a helmet is well below the cost of an ER visit and hospitalization. Not only is wearing a helmet the safe choice, it is also the law. 

In the city of Columbus children younger than 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet whil on bicycles, and there are multiple other cities in Ohio with similar laws. I challenge Columbus residents to set an example for our kids by wearing bike helmets. 

Dr. William Marshall 

Columbus