Street Safe Teens: The Wheelie Guy models helmet safety

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Twenty-one-year-old Juwan Jones is a fixture on University of Virginia Grounds, riding his bike, mostly on one wheel.

It's what earned him the name the Wheelie Guy, and he's also setting a good bike safety example with his mohawk helmet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of kids ages five to 14 wear helmets, and that number is even lower for older teens, which puts them at higher risk for serious head injury, even if they never do wheelies like Jones.

Teens may think helmets are uncool, or they're too hot, but they cut the risk of serious head injury dramatically, and Jones hopes other young riders will follow his lead.

"Just wear your helmet," he said. "It'll keep you safe."

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