By now, you probably have heard numerous times that you should always wear a helmet while riding a bike. Mothers and fathers, physicians and police officers everywhere stress the importance of these brain-saving devices, yet, many people continue to ride without one. In 2014, of the 726 bicycle fatalities in the U.S., an overwhelming 429 of the cyclists were not wearing helmets.
Why Your Bicycle Helmet Is So Important
Health & Safety
The health and safety benefits of wearing a helmet are undeniable. While some people think staying off the roads at night will avoid an untimely accident, about one-half of accidents occur in daylight. Another misconception is that riding on the sidewalk or at a slow speed means a helmet is not necessary. However drivers often are looking for pedestrians when pulling out of driveways and side streets and can more easily miss noticing a faster moving bike on a sidewalk. Also, accidents can occur from losing traction on slick roads, hitting pavement flaws, equipment failure or the myriad of other occurrences. An accident can occur at any time, and it is always wise to be prepared.
In the state of Hawaii, it is against the law for those under the age of 16 to be on a bicycle without a properly-fitted helmet on the “street, bikeway, or any other public property.” Those who ride on a bicycle attachment or in a trailer need to wear one as well. If these individuals fail to do so, the parents or legal guardians of the children may face a fine. Ultimately, if you want to set a good example for children—as well as protect them—you want to wear a helmet too.
Some people avoid wearing a helmet because they think it feels uncomfortable. Fortunately, the days of clunky, unattractive helmets are over. In Honolulu, HI, cyclists can choose from a variety of light, easy to adjust, properly-fitted helmets from Eki Cyclery. The premier bike shop stocks a range of helmets and accessories that will help you ride in style. To learn more, call a friendly team member at (808) 847-2005 or visit their expansive showroom today.