GENESEO – A child was sent to the hospital after a bike crash on Center Street Sunday morning.
According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, the 10-year-old was riding a new bike on the sidewalk with his dad following in the road in a vehicle. The child lost control downhill, did not use his brakes properly, ran into a tree without a helmet on, and suffered a skull fracture.
“The Geneseo Police Department would like to remind parents and children that if you are under 14 years of age, you need to wear a helmet while riding your bicycle, in-line skating (roller blades), a non-motorized scooter or skateboarding in New York State,” said Osganian. “A helmet will not protect you if you don’t wear it or it doesn’t fit properly.”
Geneseo Police said that more children ages 5 to 14 go to hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than with any other sport.
All parents and riders can go to the Geneseo Police Department at 119 Main Street to have helmets properly fitted.
Geneseo Police also partner with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County (CCE Livingston County) for a bike rally at Summerfest, which was July 8 and 9. Helmets are provided and fitted to riders who do not own one.
Geneseo Police also encourage cyclists to ride safely and obey the rules of the road. When you ride your bicycle or in-line skate on New York State roads, you are required to follow the same laws as motor vehicle drivers.
To learn more about bike safety you can visit CCE Livingston County’s bike safety web page here.