Why Bike Safety Isn’t Just for Kids

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.

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