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Bicycle Helmets - Be Head Smart About Bicycle Safety
You can receive a citation for riding without a helmet. Please use your head and protect it with a properly fitted, snug helmet. Find / buy low-priced
Did You Know?
One in seven children suffers head injuries in a bicycle-related accident
75% of all cyclist's deaths involve head injuries
Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce head injury by 85% and the risk of brain injury by 88% - New England Journal of Medicine, 1989
Surviving a head injury can be devastating physically, mentally, emotionally and financially
Victims are often never the same. Helmets can make a difference in the lives of your children
Why Children Have More Head Injuries
Their peripheral vision is only two-thirds that of adults
They have trouble judging speed and distance of oncoming vehicles
They have difficulty telling where sounds are coming from
They are easily distracted
They lack a sense of danger
They are often restless and have trouble waiting for traffic signals
Helmets are designed to disperse and absorb the impact of a crash to the head. Consider these facts:
An impact of 150 G's (a measurement of acceleration used to test impact) usually results in little or no injury
An impact of 150-200 G's causes a loss of consciousness and some amnesia
An impact of 1000 G's (which can result from a fall of just three to four feet) can cause serious brain damage or death
A bicycle helmet can reduce this impact to 100 G's
National Bicycle Safety Links
Bike safety tips
from Washington State Department of Transportation
Share the Road
from the League of American Bicyclists
Six Important Rules for Safe Bicycling
Wear a helmet. The use of helmets can cut the risk of head injuries by 85%. For information on buying a low cost helmet, call the Helmets on Wheels Information line at (253) 798-3303.
Ride defensively, do not assume motor vehicles are looking out for you.
Obey all traffic laws and ride with traffic. Bicyclist must follow the same laws as motor vehicles.
Learn to turn and use hand signals. Turning accidents account for about 10% of all bike / car collisions each year. Utilize hand signals 100 feet before you turn.
Be predictable by maintaining as straight a line as possible when riding, signal your intention and share the road.
Be visible by wearing a helmet, which adds to your being seen, as does brightly colored clothing. For night time riding use bright lights and reflectors and wear light colored clothing with reflective tape.
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