Carry a rabbit’s foot, too.
Via WBUR, Boston’s public radio station, here’s the intro to a story by “science and automotive journalist” David Holzman titled “Don’t be a Bicycling Statistic.“
Tanya Connolly, 37, crushed under a tractor-trailer in South Boston last Monday. Doan Bui, 63, killed by a speeding pickup truck on a busy Dorchester thoroughfare the Friday before. Alexander Motsenigos, 41, victim of a hit-and-run in surburban Wellesley late last month.
In major metropolitan areas like Boston, it often seems as if every week brings news of another bicycling death — or, as in this past week, more than one — usually in an unequal clash between vehicle and rider. Biking experts say that as more people take to two-wheel travel — surely a good thing — more accidents are also likely. Below, writer David C. Holzman describes his own bike crash, and shares a key safety technique that many riders ignore: Helmets save lives, but they have to be worn right.
“Helmets save lives, but they have to be worn right.” Sure. Because everyone knows that styrofoam helmets are the perfect defense against tractor-trailers, speeding pick-up trucks, and hit-and-run drivers.