In a study conducted by Consumer Reports, 25 percent of American bike-riding respondents said that they sometimes rode in shorts. In general, the survey results indicate a very low rate of usage for basic safety gear like helmets, gloves, boots and jackets and similar results for formal training, yet a very high number of respondents that consider themselves expert riders. >The survey results indi...

In a study conducted by Consumer Reports, 25 percent of American bike-riding respondents said that they sometimes rode in shorts. In general, the survey results indicate a very low rate of usage for basic safety gear like helmets, gloves, boots and jackets and similar results for formal training, yet a very high number of respondents that consider themselves expert riders.
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The survey results indicate that respondents have the following behaviors:

10%: have been in an accident in the last five years
10%: always wear high-vis clothing
10%: always wear protective pants
25%: don't always wear a helmet
25%: always wear a protective jacket
25%: sometimes ride in shorts
25%: of accidents involved broken bones
33%: of accidents result in road rash
50%: have taken a formal riding course
50%: of accidents were single vehicle
50%: don't regularly wear boots
50%: don't regularly wear gloves
60%: sometimes ride in a short-sleeve shirt
70%: consider themselves "experienced" riders

To conduct the study, Consumer Reports polled 1,383 of its bike-riding subscribers. No particular make or model of bike is represented, just general riders.

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