IN THE COMMUNITY
One of Americans' favorite forms of recreation for many years has been riding a bicycle. People of all ages can enjoy the recreational and health benefits of bicycling, as long as the rules of the road, laws, and proper consideration are practiced.
In 2013, 743 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and an estimated 48,000 were injured. Each year about 2% of motor vehicle crash deaths are bicyclists.
Unfortunately, too many bicyclists are injured each year, especially children ages 5-14. Every year, nearly one million children are treated for bicycle related injuries in U. S. hospital emergency rooms. Head injuries cause three out of four serious injuries and deaths that occur in bicycle crashes. Wearing a bicycle helmet is the first step toward preventing a serious head or neck injury when riding a bicycle, reducing the risk of such injuries by 85-88 percent.