Albertans reminded to walk, wheel and bike safely

May 30, 2022

It’s Safe Kids Week, and Alberta Health Services is encouraging safe and active transportation as families walk, bike and wheel in their communities — this week and always. 

While exercise outdoors is always beneficial to the body, it comes with risks if proper safety and equipment measures aren’t considered. These risks can result in severe injury. In 2020, more than 2,400 Albertans ages one to nine years sustained collision-related cycling injuries resulting in emergency department and urgent care visits. This was a 45 per cent increase from the previous year, with head injuries being the most common reason for hospital visits. Injuries related to walking and skateboarding are also common reasons for hospital visits.  

Here are a few ways adults can help their child reduce the risk of injury during pedestrian, cycling, scootering and skateboarding activities.

Pedestrian Safety

Cycling Safety

Skateboarding and Scootering Safety

Safe Kids Week is an annual campaign developed by Parachute to raise public awareness of child safety issues in Canada, encouraging community involvement as part of the solution. The topic of 2022’s Safe Kids Week digital campaign is safe and active transportation for children under the theme #WalkBikeAndWheel.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.