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Parents of boy who died after falling off his bike join Reading cycle safety campaign

The parents of an 8 year old boy who died after falling off his bike are warning others about the dangers of not wearing a helmet

Leo Burton from Gosport died last June, suffering a bleed on the brain just hours after the accident.

His family are also teaming up with the Cycle Smart Foundation in Reading to call on a the government to change how it records date on cycle accidents.

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Leo's family are too traumatised to talk about the loss of their son on camera.

They've been working the Cycle Smart Foundation to raise awareness.

They've also written to their MP asking for cycle helmets to become mandatory.

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There are a number of countries that have made it mandatory and the government have promised to keep looking at it."

– Caroline Dinenage MP

Cycle Smart Foundation argue that funding prevention is far more economical than spending on treatment for the injured.

  • How are cycle accident statistics recorded?
4,024
Child cyclists admitted to hospital in England & Wales in 2017/18
1,954
Child cyclist casualties and deaths on Department for Transport records in 2018

The Department for Transport is responsible for recording statistics on cycle accidents.

But they'll only record incidents that involved a collision and where the police are called.

As Leo's death wasn't an accident involving another vehicle, his death isn't recorded.