It might be time to buy a helmet, dude. The overwhelming majority of patients hospitalized from bicycling accidents are male, says a study conducted at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital. Of the 143 cases the hospital studied, 87 percent were men.
It gets worse. Two of every cycle bro’s favorite pastimes–getting drunk and rocking out on your headphones–were also identified as risk factors.
Male and female cyclists can add taxi drivers to their list of sworn enemies (still behind NYPD, but above Park Slope Senior citizens and Williamsburg Hasids), as taxis were involved in 35 percent of accidents.
Doctors Spiros Frangos and Patricia Ayoung-Chee of Bellevue Hospital presented the study at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress last month. They’ve shared their findings with the NY’s Departments of Transportation and Health and are seeking a state grant to advocate for bicycle safety.
The study provided no data as to what percent of injured cyclists were riding fixies they built themselves.