Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Summer Bicycle Safety
The summer months are a the perfect time to get out and enjoy outdoor activities – especially biking! Whether for commuting, running errands, or just for fun, bicycles are a great way to get around. Just remember a few tips to help keep you safe and healthy while enjoying the roads – or trails! (DC area residents and visitors, click here for local routes.)
· Helmets – not only do bicycle helmets reduce your risk of traumatic brain injury by 85%, depending on your age and city, they may be legally required. DC, Maryland, and many Virginia counties require them for children, but adults will also benefit from the extra protection.
· Sunscreen – you may be pedaling fast, but you cannot escape the sun’s rays, even on cloudy days. Remember to use at least SPF 15 and reapply often!
· Hydration – do not wait until you feel thirsty to start rehydrating – pack plenty of water and take frequent breaks to avoid fatigue, cramping, and dehydration.
· Road signals – sharing the road with vehicles is a joint responsibility between drivers and cyclists alike. Remember to obey traffic laws and give the cars around you proper warning before making turns and changing lanes.
The mission of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control is to reduce death and disability from intentional and unintentional injury. Our goal is to promote existing prevention methods and to optimize trauma care through education, collaboration with the community, and engaging in research contributing to the advancement of the field.
Educating clinicians, students, and our community about best practices, research advancements, and current trends in the world of injury prevention and research is a focus of CIPC. Please return for updates about news and local educational events.
CIPC is committed to improving the health and safety of our neighbors. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about events in the DC-metro area promoting violence and injury prevention and awareness!
CIPC is working with other organizations to develop research projects and welcomes inquiries for additional collaboration opportunities.
The Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Department of Emergency Medicine
George Washington University
Medical Faculty Associates
2120 L Street NW,
Washington, DC 20037
Katherine Douglass, MD
Amelia Pousson, MD, MPH
Marie White, PA-C, MPH