Bicycling on our beautiful Central Coast roads and trails is a popular way to exercise and have fun. With a multitude of bike helmet styles and colors to choose from, you can select a helmet the reflects your individual style and protects your head at the same time.
If you don't always wear a helmet before you start cycling, think about what stops you: Does it mess up your hair? Make you look less cool? Seem too expensive or unnecessary because you didn’t wear a helmet as a kid?
Wearing a bicycle helmet has been proven to reduce your risk of head and brain injury. Yet only 19 percent of adults and 15 percent of children use helmets all or most of the time while cycling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability in bicycle-related crashes; head injuries are involved in about 60 percent of the deaths, and 30 percent of the bicycle-related hospital Emergency Department visits. Many of these non-fatal head injuries produce lifelong disability from irreversible brain damage.
- Parents: Make sure your child wears their bike helmet. Be a role model and wear your helmet.
- Employers: Join your community's Bike to Work day. Sponsor a "most unusual" helmet contest, with a small prize for the winner.
- Adults: Buy a cool bike helmet. Make sure it is properly fitted and adjusted. Wear it each time you ride a bike.
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