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Stanford provides specialized care to over 2,500 trauma patients per year. We receive patients from many outlying counties in addition to interfacility transports of patients who need Stanford's expertise. Patients are transported directly to our facility by paramedics and flight crews, such as Stanford's Life Flight.
Bicycle crashes are one of the top causes of injury seen in the Trauma Service at Stanford Health Care. In order to reduce injuries and deaths:
Follow the rules of the road—see Vehicle Code 21200.
ALWAYS wear a helmet. It's the law for all children and youth under 18 years old. But it saves brain injuries and saves lives for bicycle riders of all ages.
Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
Make sure you are visible at night—with a white headlight, a rear reflector (required by law). A red light on the rear of the bike, reflectors, and bright clothing are all recommended.
Pay attention at all times. Wearing headphones in both ears is distracting and is against the law.
Don't swerve in and out of parked cars. You're more visible going in a straight line down the road.
Motorist tips for sharing the road:
Remember the 3-foot law – a vehicle must stay at least 3 feet away when passing a bicyclist.
When making a right turn, make sure that you watch for cyclists who may be going straight. The bicyclist may be going faster than you think.
Use your rear view mirror to look for bicyclists prior to opening your car door. Known as the door zone, a car door can open into a bicyclist.
The Injury Prevention program in the Trauma Service at Stanford Health Care is working in the community to make the roads safer for bicycle riders of all ages. Beginning with a summit in November 2011, leaders in the community shared expertise and resources to explore issues related to bicycle safety.
Roadway Safety Solutions Team (RSST)
With interest and enthusiasm to make real change happen, the Roadway Safety Solutions Team (RSST) was formed. Partnering with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and working with the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement agencies, city and county traffic engineers, community leaders and bicycle enthusiasts, the coalition's main areas of focus include looking at infrastructure, messaging and behavior change for both cyclists and motorists, data collection, and other topics of interest. For more information or to get involved, contact Ellen Corman at 650-724-9369.
Learn from experts in the world of bicycle safety and safe streets at the next Bike Summit scheduled for August 26, 2015 in Palo Alto. Save the date and look for more information coming early this summer.
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