Biking to Work: Most Dangerous Way to Commute.
A new study shows that biking to work is the most dangerous way to commute.
Although bicycling has major health benefits, the study found that commuting by bike was associated with a 45% higher risk of a hospital admission for an injury compared with other methods of commuting.
Participants were selected between 2006 and 2010 and observed for 8.9 years. Of the people who only cycled to work, 7% were injured, while people who cycled for part of their commute, 6% were injured. Those who traveled by car or public transport, 4.3% were injured.
A research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that the study showed an “urgent need to improve safety for cyclists.”
Bicyclists: consider these few tips while traveling:
- Signal other vehicles ahead of time with your arms to indicate a turn.
- Use bike lanes whenever possible.
- Be aware that vehicles have a lot of blind spots.
- Although helmets are not required for bicyclists over the age of 12, adults should consider wearing protective helmets
- Wear proper clothing and light-colored attire to make yourself noticeable to drivers.
As the temperatures rise across the area, so do the number of drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists on the road. To avoid an accident and ensure safe travels for yourself and others, make sure you are alert and obey the rules of the road no matter how you are traveling.
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