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Cyclists, Wear Your Helmet: Your Brain will Thank You

Kathleen Lees
Published Date: 
23 May 2013
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For some of us, it's just plain common sense. But for others, fear of hat hair may be all it takes to shift bike riders away from safety.

However, a new study confirms what many of us have thought all along. The rate of bicycle-related fatalities are significantly lower in states with helmet laws.

Existing research shows that cyclists who wear helmets have an 88 percent lower risk of brain injury, but researchers at Boston Children's Hospital< found that simply having bicycle helmet laws in place showed a 20 percent decrease in deaths and injuries for children younger than 16 who were in bicycle-motor vehicle collisions.


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