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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
bike-friendly communities, complete with paths, special bicycle parking areas and other conveniences. National Bike Safety Month in May is just one way we celebrate our love to ride. (See more on that below.)
Bicyclists must take extra precautions when they ride. They often share the road with vehicles, which creates a host of hazards, but injuries can happen even on a designated path.
Did you know in 2015, bicycles were associated with more injuries over all age groups than skateboards, trampolines, swimming pools and playground equipment combined? According to
Injury Facts 2017, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council, 488,123 people were treated in emergency rooms in 2015 after being injured riding a bicycle. The only sport resulting in more injuries overall was basketball, at 493,011. Football was third, at 399,873.
Injury Facts, about 1,100 deaths resulted from cyclists colliding with motor vehicles in 2015. With about 80 million bike riders sharing the road with millions of motorized vehicles, the importance of safety precautions in traffic cannot be overstated.
Cyclists who wear a helmet
reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 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.