In the San Jose region, many people regularly commute to work on two wheels,
rather than four. Bicycling is a great way to stay physically active while
enjoying pollution-free transportation, but it isn’t without its
own risks. Bicyclists can collide with pedestrians, motor vehicles, or
stationary objects and inflict significant injuries such as traumatic
brain injuries (TBIs) on themselves and on others. At Regional Medical
Center of San Jose, our emergency care personnel urge our neighbors to promote
bicycle safety at every age.
Understanding the Risks
It’s well-known that cars present serious crash risks, but the risks
of cycling are often dismissed as being insignificant. But in fact, California
leads the nation in cyclist fatalities. According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 141 cyclist deaths in California in 2013 alone, which
was highest in the country for that time period. The NHTSA notes that
the majority of cyclist fatalities affected males (87%). Furthermore,
cyclist fatalities don’t only affect children and teens. In 2013,
91 of the cyclists killed in California were men between the ages of 55
and 59. Seniors ages 65 and older who enjoy bicycling are also at a high
risk of accidents and traffic fatalities. Clearly, cycling safety is crucial
for people of all ages.
Being a Good Role Model
Another reason to practice smart cycling safety as an adult or senior is
for the benefit of the younger generation. Kids are very good mimickers.
When kids see an adult riding a bike without a helmet, the kids may be
more likely to be noncompliant when an adult tells them to wear a helmet.
Wearing a helmet, obeying traffic regulations, and generally exercising
caution while on a bike are all effective ways to be a good role model for kids.
If you do become involved with an accident, you can rely on the
emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our community hospital in
San Jose also provides exceptional stroke care, heart health services,
breast care, and robotic surgery. For non-emergent situations, you can
call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.