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Bike Safety

Kae Petrin | St. Louis Public Radio

The month of May is National Bike Month, and St. Louis just launched a bike-share initiative, with two companies – LimeBike and Ofo – now operating dockless systems in the region.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh led a conversation on the topic of bike safety in light of the recent arrival of the bright yellow and green bikes around town and the presence of more cyclists in general on local streets as temperatures climb.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 14, 2011 - It was a lovely day and Dr. Greg Luttrell was looking forward to a pleasant bike ride in rural Hamel, Ill. Unfortunately, upon turning a corner onto a newly chip-sealed road, the bike hit a patch of loose gravel and slipped out from under him, sending Luttrell on a painful 50-foot slide along the ground that gouged nasty abrasions along the left side of his body.

"To make the dents you see in my helmet, it would be similar to somebody taking a ball peen hammer to your head," he said. "If you are not wearing a helmet, that hammer is going to go through your skull and into your brain."