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Bicycle Helmets - Not Pretty, But much saferOn and off I chat about what appears to me to be the more intelligent reason to wear a helmet while riding your bike.  It just makes a wee bit more sense some days.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve seen me go on and on about Bicycle Helmet Safety and how

  • Helmets can reduce head injuries by 85%;
  • 91% of bicyclists killed did not have helmets on;
  • 75% of child fatalities could be averted by a helmet.

So you know the drill that I chat about around here.  I’m a bit of a helmet snob and rarely acknowledge riders I see around Menlo Park cruising amongst the cars without a helmet on.  And though I hate wearing them, I like living.  And though I hate how they look, I also consider the impact my potential death could have on my family and friends versus the impact my fashion sense and one minor impact of my perfect level of comfort can have.

And they’re one of the cheapest forms of life insurance I’ve ever seen! (Bicycle Helmets on Amazon)

This sickens me to say this, but this is something I heard about last week because it involves someone from my neice’s school:

Recently (last week, May 30th, 2012) a 12-year-old boy was riding his bike around his neighborhood without his helmet on when he toppled over and received what looked to be minor abrasions on his head.  I guess no thought anything about it.

Later at home, he complained about some pain and he fell asleep…  and sadly, never woke up.

(That is so horrible to write that I had to take a moment)

A relative took the boy to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial, where he died sometime after 10 p.m. that night.

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