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Iowa City has implemented many new bike plans, bike education, and designated bike lanes. Recent studies at the University of Iowa test if the rules parents teach their children about bike safety translate to college students and adults.

Although wearing a helmet while riding a bike is one of the first “street-smart” tactics children learn about road safety, a University of Iowa researcher is now studying whether or not students in college or adults in the city actually apply golden rules such as this one to their everyday lives.

UI Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health Cara Hamann specializes in global road safety and recently published a study to see if the rules communicated by parents to kids and adolescents translates to their experiences on the road.

“We learn that a lot of kids are getting mixed messages about bike safety,” Hamann said.


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