The truth is in the numbers, according to a recent article published by the NY Times, 97% of cycling deaths and 87% of serious injuries occurred when cyclists were not wearing helmets. There are 21 States, not including New York, that require all biker riders to wear helmets.
Helmetless cyclists often have similar reasoning behind not wearing helmets, “I know these roads like the back of my hand,” and “I don’t ride that fast.” It is important to keep in mind injuries often occur close to home, and a fall even at a low speed can cause very serious injuries.
While it is important for cyclists of all ages to wear helmets, it is especially important for children and teenagers their brains are still developing.
If this post has persuaded you to wear a helmet be sure that it is the right size and that it fits well. You can read more about fit and the experiences of a New York Cyclist in the New York Times article, “Buckle Up a Helmet to Save a Life.”
If you or a loved one were injured in a cycling crash at no fault of your own click here.