Health Matters

Bicycle Safety

Dr. Joel Blumberg

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Bicycle riding has soared during the pandemic and will continue to increase with the weather growing warmer. Dr. Joel Blumberg, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some safety tips.

“Biking is fun and great exercise, but it is important to stay safe.”

“The first rule of bicycle safety: always wear a helmet. Using an approved and properly fitted helmet can cut the risk of head injury almost in half! Discard helmets that have been involved in a crash. Never allow children to ride on the handlebars. Before riding, always check your equipment and brakes. Follow the rules of the road and use dedicated bike lanes.”

“And, during the pandemic, you should maintain your distance, ride during less crowded times, and only riding if you are feeling well.”

“Finally, avoid riding at night. It is harder for you to be seen, and much more dangerous. Enjoy the ride, but play it safe!”

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