MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The next time you’re thinking about renting a Nice Ride bike, one group wants to make sure you think about bringing a helmet.
Researchers behind a new study say their data shows a greater risk for head injuries in cities with bike-share programs.
They studied data from Minneapolis, Montreal, Washington, D.C., Boston and Miami Beach and compared it to cities without programs, like Nice Ride.
Researchers say the study suggests bike-sharing programs should consider making helmets available.
According to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, only about 8 percent of Minnesota’s bike riders wear a helmet consistently.
Since the study was published, a number of reports have contradicted its findings, claiming that the data actually shows a decrease in head injuries in cities with bike-share programs.