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Citation

LeBlanc JC, Huybers S. Paediatr. Child Health (1996) 2004; 9(5): 315-318.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2004, Canadian Paediatric Society, Publisher Pulsus Group)

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Abstract

Cycling is a complex activity requiring motor, sensory and cognitive skills that develop at different rates from childhood to adolescence. While children can successfully ride a two-wheeled bicycle at age five or six, judgment of road hazards are poor at that age and matures slowly until adult-like judgment is reached in early adolescence. Safe cycling depends on the care, skills and judgment of cyclists and motorists; roadway design that promotes safe coexistence of bicycles and motor vehicles; and the use of safety devices, including bicycle helmets, lights and reflective tape. Whereas, research into optimal roadway design and educational programs for drivers to improve road safety has yielded contradictory results, the benefits of bicycle helmet use and programs to enhance their use have been clearly shown. This paper has the following objectives for paediatricians and family physicians:

1. To understand the relationship between bicycle safety and childrenâ??s motor and cognitive skills.



2. To understand the effectiveness and limitations of strategies to improve bicycle safety.



3. To describe activities to promote bicycle safety that physicians can undertake in clinical settings and in the community.

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