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Bicycle Safety: The Importance of Helmets

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June is national bike safety month in the U.S. As summer begins to take hold, the number of cyclists taking to the roads and paths is booming. But let’s keep the sport safe for everyone. In 2009, 630 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes while 51,000 were injured. And those numbers only include cyclists killed or injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. Bicycling is a great means of exercise and a mode of transportation, just be sure you’re taking proper precautions and doing it safely. One of the most important safety tips out there is to wear a helmet.

Helmets are probably the most important piece of safety equipment. Simply put, they save lives and prevent injuries. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bike helmets are 85 – 88% effective in mitigating head and brain injuries. Helmet use is particularly important for children since they suffer the majority of serious head injuries from cycling accidents. However, sadly, only 20-25% of cyclists wear helmets. Simply put, helmets save lives.

When purchasing a helmet, be sure the helmet has a sticker that says it meets standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Next, make sure the helmet fits correctly. Click here for a step-by-step guide on fitting a helmet. Finally, wear the helmet AT ALL TIMES with the straps fastened.

Think About It.