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Bike-Car Crashes

With school back in session, police in Stevens Point are hoping to put the brakes on the number of car-bike accidents near the university.

Three years ago, the city of Stevens Point logged 24 crashes between cars and bikes.

To curb that dangerous trend, law enforcement put a plan into action. They are out on campus educating students by talking with them and stopping any biker who breaks the rules of the road.

College students who bike to and from class say they are attentive and take steps to make sure they are not involved in an accident.

Police also suggest, no matter how far you are biking, it is always a good idea to wear a bike helmet.

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Five Rules to Avoid Fatal Bicycle Crashes

  • Never ride out into a street without stopping first.

  • Obey stop signs.

  • Check behind before swerving, turning or changing lanes.

  • Never follow another rider without applying the rules.

  • Before you get on your bike, put on a helmet.

Bike Riding at Night

  • Use a headlight.

  • Be sure your bike has front and rear reflectors, pedal reflectors, and side rim or wheel reflectors.

  • Wear reflective clothing.

  • Always wear a CPSC-approved helmet.

  • Young children should not ride at night.

  • Avoid riding on dark, narrow roadways.

Facts About Bicycle Helmets

  • Helmets decrease the risk of head injuries by 85 percent, and risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent.

  • Bicycle helmets have also been shown to offer substantial protection to the forehead and mid face.

  • It is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet.

  • Only about 18 percent of cyclists in the U.S. use helmets all or most of the time.

  • Universal helmet use could prevent an average of 500 bicycle-related deaths each year.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/bike/month.htm#ride (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Bicycle Safety Network)


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