The best way to avoid a deadly crash with a bike is to know your surroundings and not rely on your smart phone to help you out, a new study says.
It also says it’s important to have a backup plan in case your bike falls into the wrong hands.
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“It’s really important to think about how you’re going to respond to a situation,” said James O’Donnell, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University who conducted the research.
O’Donnell is also a cyclist and a life coach.
“If you’re not going to get to where you need to go, it’s a really good time to have your bike, and if you’re in a car and you’re getting lost, having your bike is a great idea,” he said.
The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, analyzed data from more than 700,000 crashes involving cyclists killed or seriously injured in the United States between 2012 and 2016.
The researchers examined what the number of people killed and seriously injured by motor vehicles and cyclists was between 2000 and 2016, then compared that to the number killed or injured by car or truck in that time period.
They found that more than half of the cyclists killed and injured in crashes with cars or trucks had a bike in their car.
The study also looked at data from 2012 to 2016 to see how the number and types of lights that cyclists use changed between 2000 to 2016.
What did they find?
In a few cases, cyclists who had a smart phone had more than a 30 percent chance of having a stolen bike, while they had only a 5 percent chance if they had a helmet on.
O’Brien said there are a few things to keep in mind when using your smart-phone.
“It’s important that you don’t take pictures of your phone, and you don and it’s okay if you don the phone but it’s not OK if you just get on your phone,” he told CNNMoney.
“In my experience, the majority of people who are killed by motor vehicle are in vehicles that are not equipped with a helmet,” he added.