It’s that time of year again – time to discuss bicycle safety. A “typical” bicyclist killed on our roadways is a (sober) male over the age of 16, not wearing a helmet, riding on a major road between intersections, and traveling in an urban area on a summer evening when struck by a car.

The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute ( reports that 91 percent of bicyclists killed in 2009 reportedly weren’t wearing helmets.

Here are some Highlights of U.S. statistics available from the U.S. Department of Transportation:

Traffic Safety Facts – 2011 Data (released in April 2013 and still the most recent)

* 677 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2011.

* 48,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic in 2011.

* Bicyclists 15 and under killed in 2011: 85.

* Average age of a bicyclist killed on U.S. roads: 43.

* Fatal crashes typically were urban and not at intersections.

These statistics prove that helmet use significantly reduces the risk of injury and death involving a bicycle incident. The cost and burden of wearing a helmet are nothing compared to the benefits. Helmets save lives! Period.


Please protect yourself and your family. It is easy, cheap and the downside is horrible.