On your bike... safely

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

AS com­muter traf­fic gets ready to re­turn to peak lev­els, any­one cy­cling to work is urged to wear a hel­met at all times — even on short jour­neys.

Ac­cord­ing to Ac­quired Brain In­jury Ire­land (ABI), wear­ing a cy­cle hel­met can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce the risk of a se­ri­ous head or brain in­jury in the event of a col­li­sion.

A spokes­woman for ABI said: “In Dublin alone, com­muter cy­clist fig­ures are ex­pected to re­turn to more than 12,000 peo­ple cy­cling into the city in the morn­ings.

“In July, the Road Safety Author­ity’s midyear re­view con­firmed the deaths of six pedal users on Ir­ish roads so far this year.

“This fol­lows a 50pc in­crease in cy­clist fa­tal­i­ties in 2017.”

A hel­met ab­sorbs the im­pact from a col­li­sion.

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