March 14, 2016|
Bicyclists enjoying an early Spring but trouble may lie ahead
BURNSVILLE, Mn. (March 14, 2016) - Despite Spring not officially arriving until Sunday, the warmer weather has brought many bicyclists out of hibernation already. However, many Minnesotans admit to not wearing a helmet and to not knowing the bicycling laws of the state which could cause them trouble on the roadways.
According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, only 43% of Minnesotans wear a helmet and only 53% believe they know the state’s bicycle laws. It’s important with the increase in roadway fatalities the nation saw last year involving bicyclists that all bike riders wear the proper safety equipment and obey the laws that apply to them.
“Bike crashes cannot only be painful, but also result in traumatic brain injury or death that helmets can prevent,” stated Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs, AAA- The Auto Club Group. “Not only should riders be concerned about other roadway users such as vehicles, but uneven trails, gravel and debris can cause a crash as well.”
AAA can help bicyclists select a new bike and helmet, hone their biking skills and maintain their bike with the brochure Bike Basics- The AAA Guide to a Great Ride.
About the AAA Consumer™ Pulse Survey
The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among Minnesota residents from January 29, 2016 – February 21, 2106. A total of 200 residents who ride a bicycle a few times a month or more completed the survey. Survey results have margin of error of ± 6.9 percentage points.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.
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