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Who We Are
The Safe Kids St. Louis Coalition is happy that you chose to visit our site. We work hard to provide injury prevention for children ages 0-14 in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, and Washington County. We collaborate with many agencies to make sure that children in our area are safe. Please visit the portions that interest you and let us know if we can be of assistance.
What We Do
Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children.  In the United States, we have contributed to a 45 percent reduction in the child fatality rate from accidental injury  –  saving an estimated 38,000 children’s lives.   Canada achieved a 37 percent reduction in child accidental deaths between 1994 and 2003, while the German child death rate declined 80 percent since 1980 and 75 percent in Austria between 1983 and 2003.  We’ve distributed more than 2.5 million bike helmets and 250,000 smoke alarms and checked more than 740,000 car seats.

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To find the nearest place to have your car seat checked Call (314) SSM-DOCS

For Program Questions:
Safekids St. Louis
Cathy Hogan
7980 Clayton Rd.
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 612-5770

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Bicycling and Skating Safety Fact Sheet

Safety FactsKey Facts

  • Each year, approximately 140 children are killed as bicyclists.

Total Bicyclist Deaths, Children 0-14 Years

  • Children sustain more than 275,000 nonfatal bicycle injuries each year.
  • Nearly 690 children are injured daily due to bicycle-related crashes.
  • A total of 251,366 total child bicyclist injuries were recorded in 2005.
  • An estimated 14,000 youth bicyclists were injured involving a motor vehicle in 2005.
  • More than 70 percent of children ages 5 to 14 ride a bicycle regularly.
  • National estimates report that bicycle helmet use among child bicyclists ranges from 15 percent to 25 percent.
  • Apart from the automobile, bicycles are tied to more childhood injuries than any other consumer product.

Wheeled Sports Safety

  • Each year, children between the ages of 0-14 years, sustain an estimated 38,155 roller skating injuries and represent 57 percent of all rollerblading/in-line skating injuries.
  • Each year, there are approximately 61,000 injuries to children involving skateboards.
  • In 2004, an estimated number of 18,743 head injuries were treated in emergency rooms due to skateboarding.



Annual Injuries Among Children Ages 0-14 by Product 2005

When and Where

  • 53 percent of children (16 years and under) are killed bicycling on minor roads (connecting roads and neighborhood streets) compared to 46 percent killed bicycling on major roads (high-volume roads across cities and towns).

For motor vehicle-related bicycle crashes:

  • 69 percent of child bicyclist deaths occur during warmer months (May - October)
  • 58 percent of child bicyclist deaths occur at non-intersection locations.
  • 70 percent of deaths occur between 2-8 p.m.


  • It has been estimated that 75 percent of fatal head injuries among child bicyclists could have been prevented with a bicycle helmet.
  • Children are five times more likely to be injured in a bicycle-related crash than older riders (15 years and older).
  • Males account for 82 percent of bicycle-related deaths. Males make up 70 percent of nonfatal injuries among children.
  • More children ages 5 to 14 are seen in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to biking than any other sport.

Proven Interventions

  • Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries, and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.
  • Helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent.
  • Various studies show that bicycle helmet legislation is effective in increasing bicycle helmet use and reducing bicycle-related death and injury among children covered under the law.
  • One study showed that within the five years of passage of a state mandatory bicycle helmet law for children ages 13 and under, bicycle-related fatalities decreased by 60 percent. Police enforcement increases the effectiveness of these laws.

Health Care Costs and Savings

  • In the United States, every $11 spent on a bicycle helmet generates $570 in benefits to society.
  • If 85 percent of all child cyclists wore helmets every time they rode bikes for one year, the lifetime medical cost savings could total between $134 million and $174 million.

Laws and Regulations

  • Twenty-one states, the District of Columbia and more than 140 localities have enacted some form of bicycle helmet legislation.
  • Eight states and District of Columbia require children to wear a helmet while on scooters, in-line skates and skateboards.
  • The rate of bicycle helmet use by children ages 14 and under was 58 percent greater in a county with a fully comprehensive bike helmet law than in a similar county with a less comprehensive law.
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