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Wearing a bike helmet is one of the most important safety rules of cycling. It can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a cycling accident. All bike helmets in the US must pass a series of safety tests. However, these test often don’t take into account the different angles you might hit your head upon impact or varying speeds at which the accident could occur. A new safety rating system was developed by Virginia Tech and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to ensure that cyclists are aware of how well helmets on the market are protecting them from injury. The study concluded that, though no helmets failed the new testing, some helmets provide more protection against injury than others. How The New System Differs From The Old IIHS, along with Helmet Lab, tested 30 popular adult bike helmets to standards that simulate more real-world…
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Two graduate students in Sweden have developed a new “invisible” bicycle helmet that uses technology similar to a vehicle airbag, according to NBC News. The “invisible” bike helmet, which has been dubbed the Hövding, is actually not a helmet at all but a device that is worn around the cyclist’s neck. The Hövding is designed to shoot a protective, inflatable nylon hood around the rider’s head within one tenth of a second of impact. The two grad students who designed the Hövding, Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt, did so because as cyclists themselves, they desired head protection that was more fashionable and did not ruin their hair. Alstin and Haupt, who studied Industrial Design at Sweden’s University of Lund, began working on the “invisible” helmet in 2005. It took seven years for the two to engineer, refine and test the collar. Alstin and Haupt were even able to enlist the…
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On October 26, a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident while taking part in a cancer ride in Poway, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Pedal the Cause ride, which raises funds for cancer research, was in full swing on SR-67 when the accident occurred. The crash happened shortly before 9:45 a.m. The cyclist was hit by a Dodge pickup truck, according to witnesses. “The incident was reported as a hit-and-run because the pickup driver and another motorist, reportedly jockeying to be first where the two lanes merged, kept going,” sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Brunk told the Union-Tribune. The driver of the Dodge and the other car, a Volvo S60, were later stopped in Ramona. The pickup truck driver reportedly denied having any idea that he had struck the cyclist, and both he and the Volvo driver told the authorities they did not even remember seeing the cyclist….
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