THE IMPORTANCE OF BICYCLE SAFETY: SOME SIMPLE TIPS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW
With school out and summer weather encouraging children to play outside, bicycles become a preferred daily transportation mode for children around neighborhood streets. While this activity provides endless hours of enjoyment and great exercise for children, many people may not understand some of the potential dangers that bicycles pose. Without proper instruction and safety precautions, bicycle riders may be involved in serious, cycling accidents.
May is National Bike Safety Month, and it provides an opportunity for local communities to promote bicycling as an environmentally-friendly transportation, personal wellness exercise vehicle, and fun recreational activity.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the American College of Emergency Physicians, in 2005, 782 bicyclists were killed in accidents with motor vehicles; 18% were riders younger than 16 years old and 85% were not wearing helmets. Annually, almost 540,000 people are treated in emergency departments for bicycle-related injuries. In the event of an accident, wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of serious head injuries by 85%, but unfortunately, estimates on helmet usage suggest that less than 25% of bicyclists wear a helmet when riding. Universal helmet use by children ages four to 15 would prevent 39,000 to 45,000 head injuries, 55,000 scalp and face injuries and nearly 150 deaths annually.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.