Friday, June 13, 2014

Head Injuries Increase With Bike-Sharing Programs

When it comes to city bike-sharing programs and safety, some cyclists are not wearing a helmet. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health discovered a 14-percent increase in brain injuries due to bicycle accidents in cities with bike-share systems compared with cities without. The study’s researchers suspect that’s because the programs do not provide helmets, and riders choose to forgo them rather than bring their own. “When we’re trying to promote more bicycling, we need to do that in the context of increasing helmet use,” Andrea Gielin, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, told NPR.

Bicycling is a great way to exercise and get from point A to point B, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of head injuries. That’s why physicians say it is important to wear a properly fitted helmet every time you get on a bike, no matter what your age. For 20 years, TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program has been encouraging Texas children to stay active and safe by giving away more than 125,000 helmets to kids in communities across the state.

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