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If you take to the streets on a bicycle, you take your life in your hands, and that's the bottom line. People in cars are stupid and not paying attention. I used to have a bumper sticker on my car that said,

"Look twice - save a life"

from some Harley group some place. Good advice.


And remember, kids, if you wanna roll like Nicholson in Easy Rider ("Oh, I've got a helmet...") leave the facemask on (even an old-school, punter-stizz, single bar would have saved Big Ben's jaw).

P.S. The Mercy Hospital website does not stipulate proper vigil tailgating protocol. One would hope open flame hibachis are legal. I know they are (encouraged, in fact!) at Bellin Memorial in Green Bay.


From JAMA 01/19/2005: Motorcycles are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle to drive. These vehicles are involved in fatal crashes at a rate of 35.0 per 100 million miles of travel, compared with a rate of 1.7 per 100 million miles of travel for passenger cars.

From a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, 2002, helmets did significantly decrease risk of death in motorcycle accidents: ABSTRACT: The association of helmet use with death in a motorcycle crash can be estimated using matched-pair cohort methods... The relative risk of death, accounting for the matching on motorcycle and adjusted for age, sex, and seat position, for a helmeted rider compared with an unhelmeted rider was 0.61...

I'd also expect that NFL QBs come out of a motorcycle accident better than record store employees, matched for age, helmeting, seat position, etc.


I'd have to agree. I'm not very keen on using bicycles or motorcycles as a mode of transportation because of the danger that it poses having no protection for the body. The least you can do is to wear a helmet when riding these two-wheeled vehicles.

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