Last weekend, as I strolled down Third Avenue toward the first Grandview Hop of the summer, there were both adults and kids out enjoying the beautiful night on their bikes -- unfortunately, some without helmets.
Wearing a helmet is one of the most important safety measures that kids can take to prevent serious injury, and I am in full support of the proposed legislation by Grandview Heights City Council to require all individuals under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard.
As a pediatrician, I want all families to understand that helmets can prevent 88 percent of serious brain injuries. As a Grandview resident, I am committed to the health and well-being of my community, and there is no doubt that enacting this ordinance would make Grandview a safer place for all.
I would like to applaud the measures that are already in place to encourage kids to wear their helmets, including the Bicycle Safety Campaign, which provides Grandview police and fire departments with Dairy Queen coupons to hand out to children seen wearing their helmets.
Let's take this commitment to our kids to the next level and enact the proposed bike helmet legislation. I encourage all Grandview residents to make their voices heard at the upcoming Grandview City Council meetings as we work together to create a safer community.