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Good evening speaker Quinn and distinguished members of the city council, thank you for providing our coalition with this opportunity to talk about the “helmets for Citi bike Act” that we are in favor of and the importance of your support in passing such a bill for this great city that we live in.
We are excited with this new bike-share program between the city and Citi group Inc. As you know former mayor Bloomberg to both encourage healthy lifestyle and to reduce the number of motorist on NYC road introduced this project. These potential positives of the Citi-bike program are great. Especially for members within our coalition that works in both the health and transportation arena. Moreover, the prices are reasonable so that practically most New Yorkers can afford to participate if they choose to. We love this idea of promoting a program for the city, which is both healthy and affordable to all its residents. However counselor members, there is one big flaw of this program and it deals with public safety. Even with all the positives of this program, the fact that it lacks a helmet requirement is daunting, especially in a city of “fume-belching buses, speeding cabs, honking drivers and texting pedestrians, which turn even short rides into obstacle courses” (McKernan, 2013). The Citi bike program projected to accommodate approximately 10,000 cyclists-both NYC residents as well as tourist. Without a helmet requirement, this creates a recipe for disaster. Consider the following facts, the leading cause of death and permanent disability in bicycle crashes are head injuries. They accounts for 60% or more of bicycle related deaths. A case study involving 129 accidental cycling deaths between January 1 2006 and December 2010 looked to find a relationship between the nonuse of helmets and an increased risk of fatal head injury (Persaud, Coleman, Zwolakowski, Lauwers &…...

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