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UPDATE: Bicyclist injured near 48th & Hwy 2

Posted: Updated: Sep 20, 2013 03:48 PM CDT

Posted By:  Jenn Schanz

Friday morning, a 30–year–old Lincoln man was on a bike path just north of 48th and Highway 2  when his ride got dangerous.

Police say the biker lost control and crashed, right under 48th street.  Fortunately for the man, some people came along shortly after the accident and called 911..

"LFR was here to assess the patient at the scene. They said due to the extent of his head injuries, it could be potentially life threatening, so we have an officer at the hospital monitoring the cyclists' condition," Police Captain Jim Davidsaver said.

Police do not thing he was wearing a helmet.  They say this is reminder for all of us - to think about bicycle safety.

For most bikers, traffic and pedestrians pose the biggest threat, but it can also be the pavement in front of them.  Other than staying on trails and not biking at night, safety experts say protecting your head is safety tip number one.

"Helmets are the single, most effective way to reduce your choice of having a bike related head injury," Brian Baker with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept. said.

Despite the danger of riding without one, there's no law—–state or local, that requires helmets. General manager of Cycle Works, Damon Hershey says although he pushes customers to buy a helmet with their bike, most don't.

"Even experienced cyclists can have accidents, something go wrong and if it's a battle between a head and the ground, the ground is going to win," Hershey said.

Be sure to check the safety rating inside of the helmet, to check what type of protection it offers. You should replace your helmet every five years, and most good quality ones start at around $35.

As of Friday evening, the bicyclist is listed in fair condition at Bryan West.

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