Bicycles are the du jour mode of transportation for the “hip” and environmentally-conscious urbanite, with new bike lanes being constructed across the country and workplaces offering “bike friendly” policies as just a couple of examples, which just outline a greater need for bike safety—there were 630 bicycle-related deaths in 2009, and 51,000 injuries.
Perhaps this would be a good time to take a look at Sprocket Man (no connection to Elton John or William Shatner), a bicycling safety comic presented by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The art is rough, and the style and content definitely betray a late ’70s/early ’80s vibe—for one thing, they refer to “bike ramps” on sidewalks—but the safety info is still sensible for the most part. Follow the traffic laws! Always be aware of your surroundings! Wear your helmet properly even though it makes you look like a dork!