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Bike Safety
Facts, Figures & General Information
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Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior, including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign and riding the wrong way in traffic. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts – 2009 Data (released in 2010):
  • 630 bicyclists dies on U.S. roads (718 in 2008; 1003 in 1975)
  • 74 were 14 years old or younger, which is a reduction of 58% from the 178 killed in 2000
  • Bicyclist deaths represented 2% of all 2009 traffic fatalities
  • 51,000 bicyclists were injured in traffic (up sharply from 43,000 in 2007)

Safety Tips (a partial list)
Before using your bicycle, make sure it is ready to ride. You should always inspect your bike to make sure all parts are secure and working properly.
  • Wear a properly fitted helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s publication, “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet.”
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 - 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike; 3 - 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. 
  • Check your equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that the brakes work. 
  • See and be seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
  • Control your bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.
  • Watch for and avoid road hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
  • Avoid riding at night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law in many states), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.


10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547
10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547