Some biking injuries preventable

There are several simple steps that everyone can take to make riding a bike safer.

Every time anyone gets on a bike, they should wear a helmet, even for a short trip.

Parents should set a good example for children by wearing their helmets.

Riders should wear bright colored clothing and/or reflective gear, even during the day when people believe they can be seen.

Before entering any street, intersection or crossing a driveway, check for traffic.

Learn to share the road or path. Remember to call out when passing others who might not be aware you are behind them.

Fortunately, there is some good news. In the last few years there has been a decrease in cyclists killed in crashes with motor vehicles. Properly wearing a bicycle helmet reduces your risk of serious head and brain injury by nearly 90 percent. From 1994 to 2004 there was a decrease of 53 percent in bicycle accident fatalities in the 14 and under age category. These are statistics that all emergency service providers like to hear.

The Lexington Fire Department urges you to bike safely.

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