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Cycling and Safety
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The start of cycling season means it's time to gear up on reminders about wearing proper safety equipment.

Cycling offers many fitness and environmental benefits, but it can be hazardous. More than 643,000 bicycle-related injuries in children aged 5 to 14 were treated in hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, doctor's offices and ambulatory surgery centers in 2001, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Unexpected obstacles, excessive speed, and dodging vehicles or pedestrians can all contribute to bicycle crashes.

In an effort to help prevent bicycle injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet that's approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Your helmet should fit snugly and shouldn't block your vision.
  • The bicycle should be the proper size for the rider. The bike needs to be properly adjusted and well-maintained. Replace any broken or missing parts.
  • Wear bright fluorescent colors. Try to avoid cycling at night. If you have to ride at night, make sure you have a working headlight that's visible for 500 feet and rear reflectors on your bike.
  • Always be alert and scan for obstacles in your path.
  • Ride with traffic and be aware of the traffic around you. Obey traffic laws.
  • Don't attempt stunts on your bike and don't ride double.
  • Wear appropriate footwear. Don't wear loose clothing. Use clips to keep your pants out of the bicycle chain. Dress for the weather.

More information

Here's where you can find more mountain biking injuries.


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