Amy Scholten, MPH
Biking is a great way to explore the trails or a long country road. It is also an easy way to get around town or commute to work. Be sure to be safe, though, and heed the advice outlined here.
Common bicycle-related accidents are due to:
Most of these accidents can be avoided with proper bike selection, use, and care. Consider the following safety tips when shopping for a new bike or taking care of an old one.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
League of American Bicyclists
Canada's Safety Council
Government of Canada
Bicycles. US Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/bicycle.pdf. Accessed June 28, 2012.
Head injuries and bicycle safety. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ToolsTemplates/EntertainmentEd/Tips/HeadInjuries.html. Updated February 8, 2011. Accessed June 28, 2012.
State Bike Laws Center. League of American Bicyclists. Available at: http://www.bikeleague.org/action/bikelaws/state_laws.php. Accessed June 28, 2012.
Last reviewed June 2012 by Brian P. Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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