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Jan 19

New Grandview Heights helmet law

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 3:29 PM by Laura Oldham

The City of Grandview Heights has long been home to bike enthusiasts and promoters of multi-modal transportation. Walkability and safe streets are values we embrace as a community.

imarollmodel300According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), bike helmets are the single most effective way to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bike crashes, with proper helmet usage having been demonstrated to reduce the risk of head injury by 85%, severe brain injury by 88%, and bicycle related fatalities by 75%.

This fall, after careful research and conversations with the community, City Council passed legislation that will now require helmets for all children under the age of 18 who are riding their bike or other forms of transportation such as bike trailers and scooters. A 6-month grace period was included with the ordinance, and it will start being enforced in February.

"We know that this law will save lives,” Mayor DeGraw said. ”While enforcement is part of the legislation, it is as important to continue to educate and positively reinforce the use of bicycle helmets for our children. As a community, as parents and as grandparents we must all work together to protect the safety of our children.”

AAP provides several tips for getting your children to wear their helmets such as: start the habit early, wear a helmet yourself, and talk to your kids about why it is important to wear a helmet.

It is also important to wear a helmet that fits properly. This guide can help walk parents through proper fit of a helmet or you can watch this video

Ways the City is enhancing biking and bike safety:

 • Bike helmet legislation requires all children under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bike or other similar forms of transportation.

Council adopted a Bike Plan in 2016 that lays the framework for safe biking for a variety of skill levels across the city. Many of these initiatives have been implemented.

• COGO stations will be installed in several locations throughout the city.

The Tour de Grandview bike race brings top cyclists to town for this annual summer tradition. In addition to watching the race, children can participate in Kid Sprints and get fitted for helmets.

• Grandview Heights supported the City of Columbus' Third Avenue widening and road repairs that will include new sidewalks and shared use paths that will create safe routes connecting Grandview Heights to the Olentangy Trail. Additionally, the new multipurpose path that goes through the Grandview Yard connects Columbus with the Grandview Heights community.

• An Eagle Scout project, in collaboration with the City, installed several bike repair stations throughout Grandview Heights and the surrounding communities.

• Infrastructure improvements and bike racks were completed through Safe Routes to School funding.