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Bikeshare proponents often argue that one of the benefits of the systems is helping people exercise. But those healthy effects could easily be negated by severe head trauma.
That's because bikeshare users are far less likely than other cyclists to wear helmets when they ride, according to a new study from Georgetown University. For the study, researchers observed riders around Washington, D.C., and classified them as "commuters" or "casual" riders based on the times and locations at which they were observed. The study found that only 33.1 percent of bikeshare commuters wore helmets, compared to nearly 71 percent of commuters who used private bicycles. The divide was even bigger for casual riders: casual bikesharers wore helmets only 15.7 percent of the time, compared to over 68 percent for casual riders on other bikes. Altogether, bikesharers accounted for roughly 11 percent of all bikers observed--so while they may be a smaller population than the private-bike riders, the individual bikeshare users could be at a far greater risk of injury.