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Bicycling is one of the best ways to stay in shape, see the sights, save money on gas and reduce pollution. The benefits are well-known to cycling enthusiasts and local leaders nationwide who have created
For all the benefits of cycling, cyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with vehicles, and injuries can happen even on a designated path.
The number of deaths from bicycle incidents has increased 28%, from 793 in 2010 to 1,015 in 2016, according to Injury Facts. Of the 1,015 bicyclist deaths in 2016, 704 died in motor vehicle crashes and 311 in other incidents. Bicycle-related deaths peak in the summer months and remain high through September.
With about 80 million bike riders sharing the road with millions of motorized vehicles, the importance of taking safety precautions cannot be overstated.
Cyclists who wear a helmet
reduce their risk of head injury by about 60% and brain injury by 58%. That statistic makes sense when you consider the first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain, the results can be fatal.
Helmets must meet federal safety standards and should fit securely.
This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration video offers instruction on how to properly fit a helmet.
During National Bike Month, cycling enthusiasts across the country celebrate the many benefits of cycling.
The League of American Bicyclists, which advocates for a "Bicycle Friendly America," sponsors Bike Month each year. The League's handy, 32-page
National Bike Month Guide has everything you need to plan a Bike Month event in your community, including tons of ideas for activities. The League's Ride Smart program also is a great resource for educational videos, classes, tips and other information about bike safety.
Learn more about Ride Smart here.
This handy checklist created by the League of American Bicyclists spells out important bike maintenance you should perform before beginning any ride.
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