Some biking injuries preventable

There are several simple steps that everyone can take to make riding a bike safer.

Every time anyone gets on a bike, they should wear a helmet, even for a short trip.

Parents should set a good example for children by wearing their helmets.

Riders should wear bright colored clothing and/or reflective gear, even during the day when people believe they can be seen.

Before entering any street, intersection or crossing a driveway, check for traffic.

Learn to share the road or path. Remember to call out when passing others who might not be aware you are behind them.

Fortunately, there is some good news. In the last few years there has been a decrease in cyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles. Properly wearing a bicycle helmet reduces your risk of serious head and brain injury by nearly 90 percent. From 1994 to 2004 there was a decrease of 53 percent in bicycle accident fatalities in the 14 and under age category. These are statistics that all emergency service providers like to hear.

The Lexington Fire Department urges you to bike safely.

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0 thoughts on “Some biking injuries preventable”

  1. Nick says:

    I think the number one thing you can do to be safe on a bike is learn to ride a bike well! A helmet and reflective gear will make you more visible and save your head if you crash, but more valuable than all of that is being able to avoid a crash in the first place. Learn to be aware of what’s happening behind you, look farther ahead than your front tire, learn to jump a curb if you can’t yet, and be able to take a tight turn in case a car corners you in at an intersection. Expect the worst from every car on the road, all the time, and NEVER assume that a car will see you, no matter how much reflective gear you’re wearing.

    Take as many safety precautions as is reasonable, but at the same time, assume that every single one of them will fail you.

    I also recommend shopping around for a helmet until you find one you like. It took me a year, but I finally found a Specialized helmet that looks alright on my head. Don’t know the model name, and apparently, they don’t produce it anymore.

  2. Chris says:

    I totally agree, but you dont need to ride to defensively.

  3. Nick says:

    You do in New York City!

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