Programs: Bicycle Helmet Safety Initiative

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Initiative was first sponsored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAAP) to address the threat posed by children riding bicycles without helmets.  Every year, bike-related crashes kill 900 people and send more than 500,000 people to hospital emergency rooms.  Wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent.  In 2000, the Tennessee legislature passed a law making it mandatory for all children under 16 years of age to wear bicycle helmets while riding on all public roads in Tennessee. 

In taking on the Bicycle Helmet Safety Initiative, TNAAP produced and distributed over 100,000 educational brochures statewide about the importance of wearing a helmet while biking, including information about Tennessee law, statistics on head injuries and instructions for properly fitting and wearing helmets. Funded by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, TNAAP partnered with SafeTech, a division of Troxel, to offer helmets at significant discounts.

Download the Bike Helmet Brochure (pdf).