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Do you wear a helmet when you ride a bike?

Original post made by Frank Bravo, webmaster of Palo Alto Online, on Jun 28, 2006

This post was created in conjunction with the Palo Alto Online News Poll.

Do you wear a helmet when you ride a bike? Police and emergency officials stress the importance of wearing a helmet when riding, but many daily riders seem to go without one. How important do you feel it is?

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Posted by Kedar Doshi
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 28, 2006 at 12:16 pm

I learnt about the importance of wearing a helmet the hard way. Last september I crashed while riding up page mill. My head hit the ground as I fell and was sliding across the asphalt. My helmet was crushed and destroyed while I luckily escaped with just a horrible headache (and a torn ligament in my thumb). I'm sure it would've been lot worse had I not been wearing my helmet. Best $50 investment I ever made.


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Posted by David Cohen
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 4, 2006 at 3:52 pm

Head injuries are so frightening to consider, I can't imagine riding my bike without a helmet. It's a minimal investment, minimal discomfort (if any), and huge benefit. I've heard enough horror stories from family members working in E.R.s and rehab, and can't understand why anyone would take a chance not wearing a helmet.


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Posted by Mike Sowers
a resident of another community
on Jul 10, 2006 at 9:07 pm

I was rounding a bend in the road and hit a wet spot. I went down hard enough to fracture my clavicle, fracture multiple ribs that punctured a lung, bruised my heart and had a one foot wide bruise that ran from my shoulder to half way down my leg. The docs also suspected a ruptured spleen but it was okay.

Because I was wearing a helmet, the only head injury I received was a scratch on my forehead. If I hadn't had the helmet on I would have either been a veg or dead.


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