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Bicycle Safety

What are the risks?

According to the CDC, web based injury statistics query and reporting system, adults aged 50 to 59 years have the highest bicycle death rates. Children aged 5-15 years and adolescents aged 15-19 years have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle related injuries, account for more than 1/3 of all bicycle related injuries seen in the U.S. emergency rooms. Among bicycle deaths, 37% had alcohol involvement either for the motor vehicle driver or bicycle rider.

Types of injuries

  • Head injuries including, concussion and traumatic brain injury
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Knee injuries including from overuse
  • Wrist/forearm injuries
  • Foot injuries
  • Urogenital injuries

Protect yourself

Check your equipment

Plan to be seen

Wear a helmet

  • Your seat should be adjusted to the proper height and locked into position
  • Make certain all parts are secure and working properly before taking a ride
  • Check that tires are inflated properly and add air when needed
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes
  • Add a horn, bell, rear-view mirror or headlight for even more safety
  • Wear bright clothing, neon or fluorescent is best
  • Avoid riding after daylight if possible
  • If you must ride at night, wear reflective clothing and use flash lights and/or head and tail lights
  • Check out the CDC’s concussion and helmet safety app available from Apple or Google Play to learn how to properly adjust your helmet