According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year more than 500,000 people in the United States are treated in emergency departments and more than 700 die as a result of bicycle-related injuries. In 2008, 942 Minnesotans were injured compared to 979 injured bicyclists in 2007, a 3.8 percent decrease. Conversely, there were 13 bicycle fatalities in Minnesota in 2008, more than three times as many bicycle fatalities than in 2007. In 2009, Bloomington Police responded to 56 incident calls involving bicycles.
Education is an invaluable tool when it comes to bicycle safety. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist who rides to work every day or a recreational cyclist who enjoys the occasional bike ride through the park, safety should be your first priority. The CDC recommends that all adult cyclists take a short class, workshop or otherwise become involved in the local bicycling community to brush up on riding skills, especially if it has been a while since they’ve cycled regularly.
For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation website.