Less than 20 per cent of reported bicycle injuries involve collisions with cars. Most occur in falls, or as a result of riders losing control. A bad fall can result from a skid, catching a wheel in a crack or even getting a shoelace caught in the chain. In a spill, the forehead usually hits the ground first. Head injuries cause most bicycle-related deaths and can result in serious injury such as brain damage. Up to 85 per cent of serious head injuries could be prevented by wearing a helmet. Two-thirds of all cyclist deaths involve head injuries. Transport Canada statistics for 2001 reveal that all cyclist fatalities under age 15 were un-helmeted. That’s why it’s critical for your child to wear a bike helmet that fits properly and is certified by CSA International.