There are many great reasons to ride a bike. Riding a bike helps you stay fit, helps strengthen your muscles and bones, prevents disease, and supports mental health by decreasing stress. Riding a bike can also pose some risks as can all physical activity, so it’s important to stay safe when riding.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 1089 bicyclists died in 2019. More than 700 of those were involved in motor vehicle crashes. Dr. Bill Walsh, Chief Medical Officer for OSF Healthcare in Evergreen Park says head injuries are the most serious injury you can get riding a bike so you should always wear a helmet. .
Dr. Walsh also warns that fractures can be a real possibility as well.
Dr. Walsh says taking the right safety precautions can make all the difference in the world.
Other safety precautions such as wearing a helmet, riding your bike on the right side of the road, and paying close attention to traffic signs and signals will also help you have a successful ride.
If you or a loved one are involved in a bike-riding incident that needs medical care make sure you call 9-1-1 or head to the closest emergency room.