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Protect Your Coconut - Wear A Helmet!

Key Facts

    • Almost 44,000 bicyclists have died in traffic crashes in the United States since 1932—the first year that bicycle fatality estimates were recorded.
    • In 1997, 813 bicyclists were killed, and approximately 58,000 were injured in traffic-related crashes. Children ages 14 and under accounted for 232 (29%) of these fatalities, making this one of the most frequent causes of injury-related death for young children.
    • Each year almost 400,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries.
    • Universal bicycle helmet use by children ages 4 to 15 would prevent 39,000 to 45,000 head injuries, and 18,000 to 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.
    • Bicycle helmets are 85-88 percent effective in mitigating head and brain injuries, making the use of helmets the single most effective way to reduce head injuries and fatalities resulting from bicycle crashes.
    • Despite the fact that 70 to 80 percent of all fatal bicycle crashes involve head injuries, only 18 percent of all bicyclists wear bicycle helmets. Nationally, bicyclists ages 14 and under are at five times greater risk for injury than older cyclists.

 

Do I have to follow the same rules as cars?

Yes, you should ride with the flow of traffic and are subject to the same laws as are cars.

 

Are lights required on my bike?

Yes, if riding during the hours of darkness you are required to have a lamp that can be seen from 300ft to the front and sides. A rear red reflector or light that can be seen from 500ft is also required.

 

Do I really need to wear a bicycle helmet?

Yes. Each year, bicycle-related deaths number about 900, and United States hospital emergency rooms treat more than 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries. More children, ages 5 to 14, go to United States hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with bicycles than with any other sport.

 

Why are bicycle helmets so important?

Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. Most deaths related to bicycle falls and collisions involve head injuries. This means that wearing a helmet can save your life.

 

How can I tell if my bicycle helmet fits properly?

The helmet should fit comfortably and securely. It should be worn so that it is level on the head (not tilted back on the crown or pulled low over the forehead). You should not be able to move the helmet in any direction, back-to-front or side-to-side. The chin strap should be securely fastened. If needed, the helmet's sizing pads can help improve the fit.