AKRON— State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today partnered with the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to support the organization’s bike safety awareness assembly. The event, arranged at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center, is part of the AAP’s month-long program promoting the benefits of proper helmet use.
 
“Bike helmet safety is an important and often overlooked way we can protect the children in our community,” said Sykes. “I’m proud to collaborate with the Ohio AAP for this cause, and I’m confident that events like this will have a real, positive impact on our youth.”
 
In 2010, the number of bicyclists injured while not wearing a helmet was 51,000. Estimates indicate that more than 80 percent of children do not wear bike helmets, leaving them at risk for head and severe brain injuries.
 
“By distributing bike helmets and safety information, we can teach our children the critical importance of wearing a helmet,” Sykes stated. “As community leaders, this is a message we will continue to reinforce.”
 
The safety assembly also featured a rodeo, hosted by Sykes, and an opportunity for children to receive free helmets and size fittings. Later this month, the AAP will have more events as part of its “Put a Lid on It” campaign, focusing on helmet safety in Ohio. To learn more about the program, visit the chapter website at www.ohioaap.org.