Riding a bike without a helmet can be dangerous when sharing the road with drivers

Hampden County

A recent photo has sparked some concern about unsafe biking going on in the city of Springfield.  

Although riding a bike is one of the best ways to stay in shape, it’s important to know how to ride safely, especially with warmer weather coming. 

The number of deaths from bicycle incidents has increased 29%, from 793 in 2010 to just over 1,000 in 2017. Of those deaths, 679 died in motor vehicle crashes.

With warmer weather just around the corner, cyclists will soon be out and it’s important to know the rules of the road.

The first thing you should know is you should be wearing a helmet because your head is the most important part of your body.

This picture was sent to us by a viewer. It shows a cyclist doing a wheelie with no helmet at the intersection of Wilbraham and Parker Street in Springfield.

Hank Hershel, owner of Mickey’s Bike Shop in Chicopee, said he’s seen this become a trend in recent years.

“Right now it’s in style. They are riding in groups and they are taking up too much of the street because they are riding in the middle of the road. That doesn’t just cause a problem for them but it causes a problem for the motorists because it is intimidating to see a group of kids doing that stuff.”

Massachusetts law requires any person 16 years old or younger riding a bicycle to wear a helmet.

Hershel said that helmets have become very inexpensive and very light weight. 

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