As I take my turn on these trails, there is one thing that mystifies me each and everyday. The amount of people that do not take the time to wear a helmet to protect one of the most important muscles in your body, your brain. I am uncertain if it is forgetfulness, vanity, people find them uncomfortable or that an accident cannot happen to you.
As I was very certain that wearing a helmet was beyond important each time a person does get on a bicycle, whether young or old, research of the Statistic Canada website took place. Here is what was discovered. From the years 2000 and 2004, there were 14 135 road related deaths and of those 263 were cyclists. In 2007, there were 65 cyclists killed on the roads. This is very black and white.
Now, to take a closer look if you survive and hit your head. Without or with protecting your head, you can get skull fracture, bruises on your brain or the never ending concussion. These will heal and are better than the alternative which in a permanent disability or just simply death.
There are ways to avoid accidents. When out, take a trail whenever you can, know your surroundings and obstacles, and more importantly, if you cannot see what is a head of you, do not go there.
Each time I do bike, I wear a helmet but did not follow these rules and the headaches are mind numbing still a few years later. I shake each time I think what would have happened if I did not have a helmet on.