I'm seeing an explosion of bicycle riders these days, so here is some info to ponder when you witness a non-helmeted rider.
Taken from Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
- The "typical" bicyclist killed on our roads is a sober male over 16 not wearing a helmet riding on a major road between intersections in an urban area on a summer evening when hit by a car.
- About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries, and 27,000 have injuries serious enough to be hospitalized.
- Bicycle crashes and injuries are under-reported, since the majority are not serious enough for emergency room visits. 44,000 cyclists were reported injured in traffic crashes in 2006.
- 1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries has a brain injury.
- Two-thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury.
- A very high percentage of cyclists' brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent."
And a few words for those non-helmeted parents that I see riding with their helmeted children.
- Great example to set for your child!
- Brain injuries don't have age limitations.
- Helmets are required by law for anyone under the age of 18.
That's the end (for now) of my rant on bicycles!