In 1982, 3 percent of fatally injured motorcyclists were 50 and older; in 2017 over a third were. However, only 4 percent of motorcycle drivers killed in 2017 crashes were women, compared with 92 percent of the passengers who died.
As cycling continues to grow dramatically, the plan combines design, enforcement, legislation, policy and education to make the City’s streets safer for cyclists - and all street users.
According to DOT’s Cycling in the City report, released May 2019, 24% of adult New Yorkers ride a bike, with a half-million cycling trips completed on a typical day.
In 2017, 97 percent of motorcyclists observed in states with universal helmet laws were wearing helmets.
In states without such laws, helmet use was 48 percent (NHTSA, 2018).
Certified helmets are available in different styles, including half-coverage (covering the upper half of the head, generally above the ears), open-face and full-face.
One study found that crash-involved riders wearing half-coverage helmets were twice as likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries than riders wearing open-face or full-face helmets (Yu , 2011).
To compensate for any restrictions in lateral vision, riders turn their head more prior to a lane change.
When it comes to hearing, sounds loud enough to be heard above the motorcycle's engine can be heard when wearing a helmet.
NYC DOT distributes up to 325,000 copies per year of the New York City Bike Map, which contains the most important rules of the road highlighted in the Bike Smart Guide. Helmets are required by New York State Law for cyclists ages 13 years and younger.
DOT fits and gives away the official New York City bicycle helmet at free events throughout the city.
Some people claim that helmets increase the risk of neck injury and reduce peripheral vision and hearing.