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Bicycle Safety

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Base personnel are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on base even if Japanese law doesn't require it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash. In 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed and an additional 51,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Bicyclist's deaths accounted for 2 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, and made up 2 percent of all the people injured in traffic crashes. When selecting a helmet, it should fit snugly and sit flat atop the head. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that bicyclists should wear a helmet that complies with the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown)

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