At minimum, 70 percent of bicyclists who died in crashes in the US from 1994 to 2010 were not wearing a helmet, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Washington Post mentioned that statistic in an article about the growing number of bike share programs and the fact that many of them do not provide riders with helmets.
In December, Tampa became the latest city to launch a bike share program, according to The Tampa Tribune.
Tampa Coast Bike Share has 100 bicycles available for the public to rent and plans to increase that number to 300 bikes depending on consumer demand. Cyclists are allowed up to an hour’s use a day per rental, which is broken down into three price/usage levels:
- $79 for a year’s membership
- $30 for a month’s membership
- $5 for a daily rental
The Tribune article failed to mention whether or not the Tampa bike share program would offer helmets to riders. More information about the bike share program is available on Tampa Coast’s website (coastbikeshare.com).
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Did You Know? As of August 2014, no deaths had been logged in any US public bike share program since the first one debuted in 2007, according to Reuters.
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