Helmet Hair, Don't Care!
Have you ever seen someone riding and thought they should be riding differently or paying more attention to those around them?” If so, then you understand accidents can happen independently of how safely YOU ride. This is magnified when riding off campus, where cars have free rein of the roads and drivers aren’t always as cognizant of bikes just feet away from them. With so many things out of our control when riding, wearing a helmet is crucial.
While the national rate of helmet usage among college students is 34.9 percent, only 10.5 percent of UC Davis undergraduates report wearing a helmet “usually or always” while riding their bikes. This difference is striking, considering that more than 20,000 bikes are ridden on campus on any given school day. With so many bikes on just a few paths, there are plenty of opportunities for even the most competent rider to be on the receiving end of someone’s bad-biking day.
A strongly bike friendly infrastructure and culture lends itself to the sense of security that bikers feel here, and by and large, Davis is a safe place to ride. However, crashes happen! Bike accidents happen independently of how safely you ride and the best thing you can do to protect yourself from an unexpected accident is to wear a helmet.
Are you wondering about bicycle safety tips in general? Check out TAPS’ Bike Education and Enforcement Program to learn about traffic rules and regulations that apply to bicycle riders and how to be a safe bicycle rider at UC Davis.
TAPS Bicycle Program: http://taps.ucdavis.edu/bicycle
DIY Bike Repair and Maintenance: http://taps.ucdavis.edu/bicycle/services/diy_repair
Rules of the Road: http://taps.ucdavis.edu/bicycle/education/rules
Bike Registration: http://taps.ucdavis.edu/bicycle/licenses
The Bike Campaign and Bike Garage: https://thebikecampaign.com/
- The Bike Garage is Yolo County’s only “by donation” repair shop
Biking with Confidence: https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/blog/archive/biking-confidence