Bike-sharing programmes could increase risk of brain injuries among cyclists

Researchers have found increase of cycling related brain injuries in cities with sharing schemes.

The report, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that the risk that a bicycle injury would involve a head injury increased by 14 per cent following the introduction of the schemes. Researchers looked at trauma centre data for bicycle-related injuries from five cities that have bike-sharing programmes and five cities that don't. They compared the number of bicycle-related injuries in the two years before the programmes were introduced, with the number sustained in the year following their implementation. Study leaser Janessa Graves, assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing, said: "Our results suggest that bike-share programmes should place greater importance on providing helmets so riders can reap the health benefits of cycling without putting themselves at greater risk for injury." Read the full story
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