Being HeadSmart About Bicycle Safety

Being HeadSmart About Bicycle Safety

Bicycle accidents are the 3rd highest cause of Traumatic Brain Injury in Utah.  Yet, Utah has no laws requiring helmet use.

Although nearly 7 in 10 adults use helmets while biking, use by children is much lower…only 20% for preschoolers, 36.8% for elementary school children and 14.7% for teens.

Bicycle helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85%!

The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah’s Being HeadSmart program educates children and youth about the brain and why it’s so important to wear a helmet.  The Being HeadSmart presentation is a 30 minute interactive program offered free of charge.  It is adaptable to nearly any group size – large or small – and is available for schools, youth groups, camps, church groups, family gatherings  and other settings.  Contact BIAU at 801-716,4993 or danielle@biau.org for more information and to schedule a presentation.

$5 Bicycle Helmets from BIAU!

Prevention is the best way to combat the impact of brain injury.  That’s why the Brain Injury Alliance has launched a service providing bicycle helmets for the fantastic price of  $5.  The helmets meet Consumer Product Safety Commission standards and are available in sizes from toddler to adult.  “Helmet use is so important to preventing brain injury that we are offering the helmets at our cost,” noted Director George Gehling.  “Wearing a helmet significantly reduces the risk of a head injury,” noted BIAU associate Adam Bullough.  “Don’t make the mistake I made and ride without a helmet,” Adam continued, referring to his bike accident while riding without a helmet, suffering a head injury.  Helmets can be purchased by calling BIAU at 801-716-4993 or visiting our office  at 5280 South Commerce Drive, Suite E-190, Murray, UT (in the Cedar Park office complex just east of I-15 at the 5300 South Exit).  Be HeadSmart … be sure that you and your loved ones wear helmets.

You Can Make a Difference … Buy Bicycle Helmets for Others

Increased helmet use has a significant impact in reducing head injuries.  Think of the potential long lasting effect of a traumatic brain injury that could be prevented by wearing a helmet.  Many thousands of school children in Utah ride their bikes without helmets.  You can make a difference with a tax-deductible contribution to the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah designated toward the purchase of bicycle helmets.  Each designated $5 contribution will purchase one helmet.  Helmets will be distributed to needy children and adults throughout the State.  Contact BIAU at 801-716-4993, or danielle@biau.org.