Ohio Youth Bicycle Helmet Ordinance Toolkit

Did you know bicycle helmet laws that mandate helmet usage among children are highly effective at increasing helmet use and reducing injuries? Bicycle-related head injury rates among children have been shown to drop as much as 45% following the enactment of such laws. Helmet laws that are coupled with education and enforcement have shown even greater success.
 
To help facilitate the adoption of local ordinances, the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership has developed the Ohio Youth Bicycle Helmet Ordinance Toolkit.  Advocates can use the materials in this toolkit to educate and advocate for a local ordinance in their community. The kit contains a variety of tools to help local communities get started with their initiative, including: a bicycle helmet law policy brief; model legislation; a list of Ohio jurisdictions with local helmet ordinances; a sample letter to the editor; sample letter of support; frequently asked questions about bicycle helmet ordinances; sample legislation from Ohio municipalities; and a checklist of steps to help you get started.
 
We hope that you will find this toolkit to be a valuable asset in your work to promote bicycle helmet use and prevent bicycle and wheeled sports-related injuries in your community.
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