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May 7, 2012

Ride Safe Monday

Cycling can be a great source of exercise and a fun and efficient way to travel, but consider your safety. A study by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future looked at drivers’ behavior around cyclists on Maryland roads with and without bike lanes. The good news is that drivers pass significantly wider when cyclists are in bike lanes, but the bad news is on roads without bike lanes, drivers had trouble sharing the road with cyclists, which often violates a state law aimed at making cycling safer.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 51,000 pedal cyclists were injured in the U.S. in 2009. Of those injured, 17 percent were children under 14.

Here are some tips to prevent injuries.

For additional safety information, check these sites http://www.be-safe.org/css_com/bicycle/index.html and http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles.

Every Monday, the Johns Hopkins Healthy Monday Project, part of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, offers tips for preventing disease and injury, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check back each week for new tips or visit our archive.