Since the beginning of the Covid-19 global pandemic, cycling has become even more popular. According to NPD Research, during the first month of the pandemic (March 2020) sales of bicycles increased by more than 100%. With this increase in the number of cyclists on the road, now is an excellent time to review cycling safety.
In 2018, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents, as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Many accidents could be avoided if the drivers of motorized vehicles and cyclists followed the rules of the road and behaved accordingly.
Always Wear a Helmet.
As previously stated, there were 857 cycling deaths in 2018 and another 500,000 accidents resulted in emergency room visits. Approximately 2/3rds of the fatalities and 1/3rd of the emergency room visits involved injuries to the head and face.
Wearing a helmet when cycling can reduce head injuries by up to 85%.
When buying a helmet, make sure it has a Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC) sticker. All helmets manufactured after 1999 must meet the CPSC standards.
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