September is fast approaching which means one thing for commuters trying to get to work – more traffic. Many of you cycle to work and ahead of this busy period we are urging you to wear a helmet at all times, even on short journeys.
Reduce your risk
Wearing a cycle helmet dramatically reduces your risk of a serious head or brain injury in the event of a collision. In Dublin alone, commuter cyclist figures are expected to return to 12,000 people cycling into the city in the mornings.
Last month (July) the Road Safety Authority’s mid-year review confirmed the deaths of six pedal users on Irish roads so far this year. This follows a 50% increase in cyclist fatalities in 2017.
Our Chief Executive Barbara O’Connell, said: “Nobody ever thinks a brain injury will happen to them and yet it happens to 35 people in this country every day. The reality is that regardless of whether you are cycling five minutes or an hour, unforeseen events can happen that can cause you to suddenly come off that bike.
All it takes is a fall off your bike
“With the convenience of services like commuter bikes in our cities, it’s not hard to spot cyclists without helmets. But what those cyclists are not thinking about is that a fall off your bike could leave you with a chronic and ongoing condition that can affect your life and that of your family for months, years and even decades after the initial injury. Wearing a helmet reduces the severity of your brain injury by absorbing the impact from the collision. This, in turn, reduces the amount of time you need to spend in recovery and rehabilitation.”
Australian researchers in 2016 showed that cycle helmets reduced the risk of serious head injury by nearly 70% and that of fatal head injury by 65%.
For more about safe cycling, check out the Cycle Right initiative supported by the Department of Transport, Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland.