Riding a Divvy Bike: Do you wear a helmet? - FOX 32 News Chicago

Riding a Divvy Bike: Do you wear a helmet?

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With the number of bike lanes increasing in Chicago, more people are taking advantage of using pedal power to get around.

And a new study found that in five other cities with bike share programs, the number of head injuries from biking accidents actually decreased after the bike share programs started.

“I take the train in from Hyde Park, and I get off at Millennium station and I Divvy across to here and I work just around the corner there, and it's pretty easy to just snap a helmet on to my backpack,” said John Jacobsen, as he picked up a bike near Union Station.

Jacobsen said that he faithfully wears a helmet, and many other riders we saw -- either on their own bikes or on Divvys -- were also wearing helmets.

“I always bring my own helmet, because I love my brain. And my husband, we both have a bike share and we both have a helmet that we bring all the time because it's actually pretty unsafe,” said Kathleen Gasperine, as she dropped off her Divvy bike by City Hall.

But if the roads seem dangerous to some bikers, the Chicago Department of Transportation said that in the last year there have only been reports of eight Divvy riders being involved in accidents, and none were seriously hurt. And that's out of one and a half million rides taken.

One expert analyzing the report about the decrease in biker head injuries in bike share cities suggested it may be due to the "safety in numbers" factor; more bikes making them more visible to drivers.

And while bike share companies in some other cities are looking at also renting helmets, there's no word from Divvy on whether it would do the same or that customers would want it.

“They just got to make sure that the bike share program works at first before getting too in depth about trying to figure out how we're going to do helmets on a shared basis,” said Ted Simmons, who was not wearing a helmet when we talked to him, but said he usually does.

However, other riders found the idea of wearing someoneelse'ss sweaty helmet a bit disgusting.

“It's kinda gross,” said Kathleen Gasperine.

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