PI, I. Nasir

This Pediatric Trauma Service (PTS)-based research project is evaluating the long-term impact of a bicycle safety education and bike helmet distribution program that is free of charge, delivered within an urban hospital, with specific attention to changes in youths’ bicycle safety knowledge, attitudes about bicycle safety, and helmet wearing behaviors. Health educators trained nursing staff and hospital volunteers on proper helmet fit, rules of the road, and bike safety. Staff and volunteers work with patients ages of 5 to 15 years old who indicate they’ve ridden a bike in the past six months. Helmets are given to those who do not have one, and all receive training about safe bicycle riding practices. Families complete a brief survey to provide feedback on the program and insight for future safety education initiatives. Publications pending completion of study.