Riding a bicycle is about much more than getting from point A to point B. It’s about the open road, the wind in your hair and the smell of freedom. But with great freedom comes great responsibility, especially for the safety of you, your kids and those around you. Before you grip the handlebars on your next ride, take a moment to Think First...
ThinkFirst and ask yourself...
...is not wearing a helmet really worth the risk? No matter if you’re in the bike lane, on a dirt trail or a beach path, a crash or fall can happen in a split-second. A helmet can absorb the impact, rather than your head and brain. A helmet can decrease the severity of a brain injury and even save your life.
In 2010, 618 bicyclists and other cyclists were killed and 52,000 were injured in traffic crashes.
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