According to , bicycling was the fastest-growing form of transportation for getting to work in the United States between 2000 and 2012. St. Louis is part of the growing trend, as many cyclists around the city and surrounding areas are biking to work. Cycling is a great mode of transportation and form of exercise. While cycling is unquestionably a healthy and efficient way to get around, it exposes riders to a significant risk of injury, especially when riding in areas with heavy vehicle traffic.
Vehicles on the road are a danger to cyclists. Drivers of cars and trucks are protected by a tremendous amount of metal, safety devices, and other material designed to absorb impact and minimize injuries to vehicle occupants. Bicyclists on the other hand have no protection and an accident with a car or truck can be catastrophic. Vehicle drivers aren’t used to seeing cyclists and they often fail to recognize the danger they present to riders.
With summer vacation almost upon us, many school-age children are looking forward to spending long summer days outside playing with friends and soaking up the sun. For many children in the area, riding a bike is a daily activity. It functions as a way to get from place to place and as a fun activity. Unfortunately, doing so exposes them to a risk of serious injury, particularly if they ride in areas where they may be sharing the road with motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, or motorcycles.