A new survey has found that young cyclists are risking their lives by multi-tasking while riding their bikes.
The study shows two in five children under the age of 16 use mobiles and music devices while on the road, even though they realise how dangerous it is.
Around 200 of the 1,000 children polled between the ages of eight and 16 have been involved in an accident or near-miss as a result of losing concentration.
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Older children ‘worst offenders’
Music, texting and phone calls are the most common distractions while cycling.
The Bolt Burdon Kemp survey discovered older kids use their phones and music players the most, with 44% of 11 to 13-year-olds and three in five 14 to 16-year-olds happy to use their devices on the go. More than one in eight children between the ages of eight and 10 do the same.
London and Northern Ireland are home to the worst offenders, each with proportions of 55%. For the East Midlands and North-West England the figures were 46% and 44% respectively.
The findings of the poll also indicate that 55% of young cyclists have taken to the road without head protection and around a third had never been issued guidance on safe cycling.
Changes needed to prevent child casualties
Personal injury specialist Cheryl Abrahams said: “With phones and mp3s playing an ever more apparent role in children’s lives, there is a genuine risk of more youngsters being seriously injured on the road if major changes are not made.
“This research shows that phone and mp3 use while cycling is a prevalent problem among youngsters already, and one which is likely to gather pace unless there is a fundamental change to how we educate both parents and children on these risks.”
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